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Obituary. B.F. Washington

New York Times


Obituary. B.F. Washington






New York Times New York, NY 2/18/1872

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Obituary. B.F. Washington .

The California papers just received announce the death of Mr. B.F. Washington, an editor of the San Francisco Examiner, at the age of fifty-two years.

Mr. WASHINGTON was a Virginian by birth, and a lineal descendant of a brother of GEORGE WASHINGTON. He went to California in 1849 . In 1850 , at the organization of the Sacramento City Government, he was elected Recorder, which position he held for one year. In 1852 he and VINCENT E. GEIGER established the State Journal, which became a prominent and influential Democratic organ.

He subsequently purchased the Times & Transcript. During the following session of the Legislature a strong effort was made to force an election for United States Senator, which if held regularly was not to take place until the next session of the Legislature. The object was to elect BRODERICK as opposed to GWIN. Mr. Washington gained great prominence by his opposition to this scheme, and succeeded in overthrowing it.

He was appointed by President BUCHANAN to the Collectorship of the Port of San Francisco. His appointment was the prominent cause of the breaking off of BRODERICK'S support from President BUCHANAN. In 1860 he retired from political life, and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. These proving distasteful to him he connected himself with the Examiner in 1865 .

Mr. WASHINGTON, as a politician, was strongly partisan as a writer, he was terse and vigorous, especially when treating of political subjects from the stand-point of the old Virginia school of Democracy. As a man, he was highly respected for integrity. His deportment was ever gentlemanly and dignified. His social relations, both in his family circle and among his friends, were most pleasant. He leaves two young sons and two daughters, all of mature years. His death is deeply lamented by a large circle of warm friends.