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Tim N. Machin

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Tim Machin
10th Lieutenant Governor of California
In office
GovernorFrederick Low
Preceded byJohn F. Chellis
Succeeded byWilliam Holden
14th Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
December 1863–April 1864
Preceded byGeorge Barstow
Succeeded byWilliam H. Sears
Member of the California State Assembly from the 12th district
In office
Preceded byWilliam M. Buell
Personal details
Timothy Nostran Machin

August 1822
New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 20, 1905 (aged 83)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materState and National Law School

Timothy N. Machin (August 1822 – December 20, 1905) was an American politician and attorney who served as the 10th Lieutenant Governor of California from 1863 to 1867. He previously served in the California State Assembly, representing Tuolumne and Mono counties for two terms in 1862 and 1863.

Early life and education[edit]

Machin was born in New York. Machin was the son of Thomas Machin Jr., a brigadier general of the militia and veteran of the War of 1812, and grandson of Captain Thomas Machin, the architect of the West Point Chain.[1] He studied law at the State and National Law School in Ballston Spa, New York, along with Niles Searls and Chancellor Hartson.[2]


After graduating from law school, he moved west and settled in Mono County, California.

While practicing law in Monoville, California, he was elected Mono County's choice for the California State Assembly as a Member of the California's 12th State Assembly district, serving from 1862 to 1863.[3]

In 1863, he was chosen Speaker of the Assembly. Staunchly pro-Union during the Civil War, he made many influential contacts in the Republican Party and its wartime successor, the Union Democratic party. In 1863, he received the nomination for Lieutenant Governor of California, running with Frederick Low on the Unionist ticket. He ran against E.W. McKinstrey, beating him by 21,120 votes.[4] As Lieutenant Governor, he was selected to prosecute the impeachment proceedings instituted against a popular jurist, Judge Hardy. During his tenure he was appointed the Superintendent of San Quentin State Prison. He remained Lt. Governor through 1867.[5]

After his retirement from the Lieutenant Governorship, he made his home in the Clinton Park section of Oakland at 1276 Sixth Avenue.

Personal life[edit]

Machin married Nancy M. Knight on April 15, 1864. They had one daughter, Elinor. He died in Oakland, California, on December 20, 1905.


  1. ^ "Making More Sense of Machin", Kenneth Lifshitz, 2007, ,"Making More Sense of Machin title"[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Shuck, Oscar Tully (1901). History of the bench and bar of California: being biographies of many remarkable men, a store of humorous and pathetic recollections, accounts of important legislation and extraordinary cases, comprehending the judicial history of the state. The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. pp. 494–495. ISBN 1-58477-706-0.
  3. ^ Some materials provided to Kenneth Lifshitz by Kent Stoddard, Mono County Historian
  4. ^ "The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft: History of California" volume VII, Hubert Howe Bancroft, The History Company, San Francisco, 1890, pp. 303–304
  5. ^ Material derived from the Oakland Tribune, December 20th 1915
Political offices
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 12th District
(with two others)
Succeeded by
Three members
Preceded by Speaker of the California State Assembly
Succeeded by
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by