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Edward James Livernash

congressman , journalist

Edward James Livernash, American congressman, journalist. member Philippine Comm’n).


Livernash, Edward James was born on February 14, 1866 in in a California mining camp. Son of John H. and Margaret (Ahearn) Livernash.


Educational public schools of California until 15th year.


Printer at 15; founded weekly newspaper at 16. Studied law (the better to understand journalism) in office of James F. Smith (now member Philippine Comm’n). Admitted to bar on attaining majority.

Soon afterward joined staff of San Francisco Examiner and has remained ever since in various positions—news, literature and executive. Had charge of Hearst Expdns. to Klondike. First newspaper reporter to reach Dawson after discovery of gold.

Sent by Klondike miners as comm’r to Gov’t. of Dominion of Canada to urge modification of onerous laws. Comm’r of California, 1901-1902 to Washington, to urge adoption of strong Chinese Exclusion bill. Elected by Union Labor and Democratic parties to Congress from 4th California district for term 1903-1905.

Democrat in National politics. Locally in Union Labor Party. Residence: 1362 Page St. Address: The Examiner, San Francisco.


Member Philippine Comm’n).


Married Santa Rosa, California, 1890, Jessie Overton.

John H. Livernash

Margaret (Ahearn) Livernash

Santa Rosa