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Morris M. Estee was an American
United States
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Republican Party (United States)
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 lawyer and politician from California
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Estee spent his young adult life in Sacramento
Sacramento, California
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 from 1857 to 1859. His business card read: M.M.Estee, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Office: No 88 J Street, bet, Third and Fourth, (South Side,) Sacramento. He was elected in 1862 to the California State Assembly
California State Assembly
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, one of five members representing the 16th District. From 1863 to 1866 he was District Attorney
District attorney
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 for Sacramento County
Sacramento County, California
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In 1866 he moved to San Francisco, and practiced with a number of partners including John Henry Boalt
John Henry Boalt
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In 1873 he was reelected to the Assembly, one of 12 members representing the San Francisco portion of the 8th District, and he was Speaker of the Assembly from 1873 to 1874.

Estee was nominated and ran twice as a Republican for Governor of California
Governor of California
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. In his first run, Estee was defeated by Democrat
Democratic Party (United States)
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 George Stoneman
George Stoneman
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 in 1882. His second and final run in 1895 placed him against James Budd
James Budd
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, who also defeated him. Estee also had two failed elections to the U.S. Senate. On June 2, 1900 he was appointed the first US Federal District Court
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 judge for the Territory of Hawaii
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Estee died October 27, 1903 in Honolulu
Honolulu, Hawaii
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, Hawaii, at age 69.

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