BIGGS, Marion, (1823 - 1910)


“The U.S. House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen” (detail), Once a Week newspaper, 1891, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

BIGGS, Marion, a Representative from California; born near Curryville, Pike County, Mo., May 2, 1823; attended the common schools; moved to California in 1850; returned to Missouri; was elected sheriff of Monroe County, Mo., in 1852 and reelected in 1854; returned to California in 1864; was a cattle buyer and was also engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected to the State assembly from Sacramento County in 1867 and from Butte County in 1869; elected to the State constitutional convention from the State at large in 1878; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; commissioner to attend the centennial celebration of the inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States, in 1889; resided in Gridley, Butte County, Calif., and lived in retirement until his death there on August 2, 1910; interment in Helvetia Cemetery, Sacramento, Calif.