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CASSERLY, Eugene, senator, born in Ireland in 1822 ; died in San Francisco, California, 14 June, 1883. His parents came to New York when he was two years old, and, as his father was a teacher, young Casserly received an excellent education. He was graduated at Georgetown College, D• C., entered a lawyers office in New York, was admitted to the bar in 1844, and was corporation attorney in 1846-'7. Three years later he removed to San Francisco, where he obtained a good practice, and took an active part in local and national politics• He was an ardent democrat, a fine stump-speaker, and for a time edited a paper in San Francisco. He was elected state printer, but, in consequence of a heavy fire by which his machinery and stock were destroyed, was compelled to retire from the business• Thenceforward he devoted himself to his profession• During the civil war he was a war democrat. In 1869 he was elected United States senator from California. and served on the committees on printing, public lands, and foreign relations. His health having become infirm, Senator Casserly resigned in November, 1873, returned to San Francisco, and resumed practice In the same year he headed with Governor Booth the non-partisan independent movement in California, working successfully to prevent the legislature from falling into the control of the railroads. His death was the result of nervous prostration and softening of the brain
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