Biography of W. W. Cunningham
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





W. W. Cunningham. Born in Smith county, Tennessee, November 23, 1821, where he received his education, and at the age of fourteen engaged as apprentice to the saddler's trade, which he completed at the age of eighteen. He then spent about three years working at his trade in different places, after which he opened a shop at his native place, Dixon's Springs, which he continued until the spring of 1850, when, leaving his family behind, he crossed the plains to California. He came with mule teams, and made the trip in just one. hundred clays, arriving at Georgetown, August 23d of the above mentioned year. He engaged at once in mining, which he followed until the fall of 1851, when he returned via Nicaragua to Tennessee, where he spent the winter, and in the spring of 1852 once more crossed the plains, bringing with him his family, consisting of wife and three children, losing one of them on the way. He came this time with ox teams, and was about six months on the road, arriving at Sacramento about the first of October, where they spent the winter, and in the spring went to Michigan Bluff, Placer county, where he engaged in mining and keeping hotel for ten years. We next find Mr. Cunningham in San Francisco, and at the establishment of the Democratic Press, now the Examiner. He was employed as traveling agent, which position he followed until the summer of 1865, when.he came to Mendocino county and located at Ukiah, where he has since resided. The first year of his residence here he kept the "Ukiah Hotel," and the next year he kept the " Plaza " saloon, after which he served a term as Under-Sheriff under D. C. Crockett. He then engaged in the saloon business, which he followed about one year; then served a term as Deputy Clerk under James Fowzer. We next find him in Round valley engaged in saloon keeping, which he followed about fifteen months; then returned to Ukiah, and was defeated in a race for County Recorder; after which he served a term as Under-Sheriff under S. J. Chalfant. He was then elected County Assessor, which office he held four years, the term expiring in March, 1880. Is now Justice of the Peace and Town Recorder. Married January 9, 1844, Miss Mary J. Farley, a native of Buckingham county, Virginia. They have four living children: James T., Thomas W., Elizabeth W.; and Charles.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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