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FARLEY, James Thompson, senator, born in Virginia, 6 August 1829. He received a common school education, and removed to Missouri, and subsequently to California. He studied law, and was admitted to the California bar in 1854, in which state he has since practiced. He served for two terms as member of the assembly from Calaveras County, and was (1855'6) chosen speaker. He was elected to the state senate in 1860, and reelected for the eight years following, acting as president pro tempore during one session. He was for several years the recognized leader of the Democratic Party in California, and in 1874 was defeated as a candidate for the U. S. Senate by Governor Newton Booth. He was afterward elected, and served as a senator from 18 March 1879, till 3 March 1885.
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