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LATHAM, Milton Slocum, senator, born in Columbus, Ohio, 23 Nay, 1827; died in New York city, 4 March, 1882. He was graduated at Jefferson college in 1845, removed to Alabama, where he taught in Russell county, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1848, and appointed clerk of the circuit court. He went to California in 1850, became clerk of the recorder's court in San Francisco, district attorney of Sacramento and El Dorado counties in 1850-'1, and in 1852 was elected to congress on the Democratic ticket. He declined a re-election, and in 1.855 was appointed collector of the port of San Francisco, which office he held two years. He was elected governor in 1859, but resigned immediately after his inauguration, having been chosen United States senator in the place of David C. Broderick. After the close of his term, which ended in March, 1863, he engaged in business in San Francisco, and became president of the London and San Francisco bank.
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