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Elisha Williams Mckinstry

Elisha Williams Mckinstry, American jurist. member California Legislature, 1850.


  • Mckinstry, Elisha Williams was born on April 11, 1825 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of David Charles and Nancy Whiting (Backus) Mckinstry.

  • Education

    • Attended Kenyon College, Gambier, O.


    • Admitted to New York bar, 1847. Arrived in San Francisco, 1849. Practiced in Sacramento, California, 1850.

      Member California Legislature, 1850. Moved to Napa, California, 1851. District judge Napa County, 1852-1862.

      Unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor California, 1862. Moved to Nevada, 1863. Unsuccessful candidate for Nevada Supreme Court, 1864.

      Returned to San Francisco, 1867. County judge San Francisco, 1868-1869. Judge 12th District Court of California, 1869-1873.

      Justice California Supreme Court, 1873-1888. Professor municipal law Hasting’s College Law, San Francisco, 1888-1890. Resumed private practice law, 1890.


    Member California Legislature, 1850.


    • Married Annie L. Hedges, July 27, 1863, 4 children.
    • father: David Charles Mckinstry
    • mother: Nancy Whiting (Backus) Mckinstry
    • spouse: Annie L. Hedges
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    Born April 11, 1825
    Died November 1, 1901
    (aged 76)