Edward J. Livernash

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Edward J. Livernash, California Congressman.

Edward James Livernash (February 14, 1866 – June 1, 1938) was a U.S. Representative from California, subsequently Edward James de Nivernais.

Born in Lower Calveritas, a California mining camp, near San Andreas, Livernash attended the common schools of California. He became a printer at the age of fifteen, and a year later founded a country newspaper at Cloverdale, California. He studied law in preparation for journalism. He was admitted to the bar in 1887. Joined the staff of the San Francisco Examiner in 1891 and held various editorial posts. He was sent by the Klondike miners in 1897 as commissioner to the Dominion of Canada to urge a modification of onerous laws.

Livernash was elected on a Democratic and Union Labor ticket to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905). He became the editor of the Denver News in 1906. Resided in France from 1909 to 1912, when he returned to the United States and settled near Belmont, California. He engaged in study and literary pursuits. After his congressional service he resumed the French form of the family name, de Nivernais, by decree of court. He died in Agnew, California, June 1, 1938. He remains were cremated at Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, California.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Julius Kahn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Julius Kahn

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.