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This Day In California History
February 10, 1863
California Selects New U.S. Senator
On this date in 1863 the State Legislature selected John Conness to serve as U.S. Senator. Conness had come to California in 1849 as a gold seeker. In 1853 he was elected as a State Assemblymember from El Dorado County. In Washington, Conness became a confidant of President Lincoln. Through their relationship, Conness convinced Lincoln to grant Yosemite Valley to the State. This was the first time a federal government had set aside lands to protect them for their scenic value.
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