THE LIFE OF DAVID C. BRODERICK. A SENATOR OF THE FIFTIES (SIGNED)
New York: The Baker & Taylor Company, 1911. First Thus. Cloth. (13) 259 pp. SIGNED/INSCRIBED in ink by author Lynch to Richard M. Hotaling on a front free endpaper: "Richard M. Hotaling with remembrances from Jeremiah Lynch / San Francisco Jany. 1912". Illustrated. Frontispiece from portrait of David C. Broderick with tissue guard. Original purple cloth with gilt front cover and spine titling. t.e.g. 5" x 7 1/2". The copyright page shows that the work was copyrighted in 1911 by the author. Cowan p. 401 refers to a San Francisco imprint, also of 1911, not mentioned on this copyright page.
David C. Broderick (1820 - 1859) was born of Irish parents in Washington D.C. He came to California in the Gold Rush. He became active in politics as a State Senator and acting Lieutenant Governor of California. He was politically powerful in San Francisco. He was a Democrat, but drifted to "Free Soil" in opposing slavery for California. In this, he incurred the wrath of former California Supreme Court Chief Justice David C. Terry, who favored slavery for California. The two men held a pistol duel near Lake Merced on September 13. 1859. When Broderick's pistol fired prematurely into the ground, he stood still while Terry shot him in the chest. Broderick died three days later.
Richard C. Hotaling was a son of Anson P. Hotaling the owner of A. P. Hotaling, which owned a large whiskey warehouse on Jackson Street in San Francisco. The warehouse survived the 1906 earthquake and fire intact, leading to the doggerel: "If, as they say, God spanked the town for being over frisky, why did He burn His churches down and spare Hotaling's whiskey?. A Very Good copy (Spine sunned; some edgewear), now in a custom clear 4mil protective jacket. ALWAYS FREE SHIPPING of our books in boxes, via media mail, to any Untied States address. Near Fine / Custom Clear Mylar. Item #2450