In the county’s first election in 1856, there were 50 eligible voters in the Grange (a precinct in today’s Daly City). How many ballots were counted?
Ballot box stuffing occurred in at least 3 precincts. There were 500 ballots counted for the Grange. The California Supreme Court ruled the entire election illegal.
The most famous duel in San Mateo County was between David Terry and David Broderick in 1859. A major factor was:
Broderick was a “Free-Soil” Democrat opposed to the expansion of slavery. Terry was a Southern Democrat who was pro-slavery.
In 1926, Irene Ferrell became the first female police officer in San Mateo County. Her job included:
Ferrell booked and supervised female prisoners. San Mateo’s police chief would not allow her to go on patrol.
The production and sale of alcohol was against the law during Prohibition (1920-1933). Which activity was common in San Mateo County during that time:
All of the above. Illegal activities such as making moonshine, smuggling and gambling led a mobster to call San Mateo County the most corrupt county in California in the 1930s.