Lewis Francis Byington

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Byington ca. 1912

Lewis Francis Byington (May 24, 1868 – May 7, 1943) was an American politician who served as member of the California State Assembly 24th District, 1877–80, California.[1]

Early life[edit]

Byington was born in Downieville, California, one of the historic mining towns in northern California. He was a son of Lewis Byington, one of the early pioneer citizen of northern California and Catherine (Freehill) Byington. His grandmother was Abigail Webster, a cousin of Daniel Webster.

His sister, Mary Emma Byington, was married to Tirey L. Ford, 18th California Attorney General 1899-1900.[2]

He later graduated from Santa Clara College, now the University of Santa Clara. He earned his law degree at Hastings College of Law.

Professional life[edit]

Lewis Byington was a member of the California bar and practiced his profession in San Francisco since 1890.[3] Byington was president of the San Francisco civil service commission for major James Rolph.[4] In 1898 he was elected a Supervisor of San Francisco. In 1899 he was elected District Attorney, in which position he prosecuted the murderer Cordelia Botkin.[5]


Byington wrote the following books:

  • Byington, Lewis Francis (1931). The History of San Francisco. S. J. Clarke. OCLC 9592779.
  • Downieville and its Historic Past
  • Sierra County and Its Historic Past[6]


  1. ^ *The Political Graveyard.
  2. ^ Bailey Millard (1924). "History of the San Francisco Bay Region". The American Historical Society, Inc. p. 83-84. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  3. ^ San Francisco: its builders, past and present, pictorial, Page 249
  4. ^ *Reno Evening Gazette, Sept. 14, 1931, p. 15.
  5. ^ TWO LEADING FIGURES IN THE RECENT BOTKIN MURDER TRIAL, in the Tacoma Times; published April 30, 1904; retrieved August 16, 2015 (via Chronicling America)
  6. ^ WorldCat http://www.worldcat.org/wcidentities/lccn-nr94043505