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Eugene Casserly


Eugene Casserly

Eugene Casserly
United States Senator
from California
In office
March 4, 1869 – November 29, 1873
Preceded by John Conness
Succeeded by John S. Hager
Personal details
Born (1820-11-13)November 13, 1820
Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland
Died June 14, 1883(1883-06-14) (aged 62)
San Francisco, California
Political party Democratic

Eugene Casserly (November 13, 1820 – June 14, 1883) was an Irish-American journalist and lawyer. The son of Patrick S. Casserly, he served in the United States Senate from California.


Eugene Casserly was born on November 13, 1820, in Washington, D.C.. He subsequently studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844 and began practicing in New York City. Casserly became editor of Freeman's Journal and contributed to several newspapers in various cities.

Before moving to San Francisco, California, in 1850, Casserly served on the New York City corporation counsel from 1846 to 1847. Upon moving to California, he published the Public Balance, the True Balance and the Standard, and was elected State printer in 1851 before retiring from journalism and resuming his law practice. In 1854, he married Teresa, daughter of deceased merchant John Doyle. Together, they had three children, two sons and a daughter.

Casserly was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1868, where he served from March 1869 until his resignation on November 29, 1873. In the U.S. Senate, he served as chairman of the Committee on Pacific Railroads during the 42nd Congress and the Committee on Engrossed Bills during the 42nd Congress and [[43rd United States Congress|43rd

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