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Timothy N. Machin (August 1822 – December 20, 1905) was the tenth Lieutenant Governor of California from 1863 to 1867. He previously served in the California State Assembly, representing Tuolumne and Mono counties for two terms in 1862 and 1863.

Machin was born in New York. He studied law at John W. Fowler's newly established State and National Law School in Ballston Spa, New York, along with Niles Searls and Chancellor Hartson.[1] He moved west and settled near Mono Lake in California.

Practicing law in Monoville he was elected Mono County's choice for the California State Assembly as a Member of the California's 12th State Assembly district, 1862–63;[2]

In 1863, he was chosen Speaker of the Assembly. Staunchly pro-Union in the Civil War, he made many influential contacts in the Republican Party and its successor, the Union Democrat parties. He was noted for his integrity and straight dealings. In 1863, he received the nomination for Lieutenant Governor of California running with Frederick Low on the Union Democrat ticket. He ran against E.W. McKinstrey, beating him by 21,120 votes.[3] As Lieutenant Governor, he was selected to prosecute the impeachment proceedings instituted against a popular jurist, Judge Hardy. During his tenure he was appointed the Superintendent of San Quentin State Prison. He remained Lt. Governor through 1867.[4]

After his retirement from the Lieutenant Governorship, he made his home in the Clinton Park section of Oakland at 1276 Sixth Avenue. He died in Oakland on December 20, 1905.

Machin was the son of Thomas Machin Jr., a Brigadier General of the militia and veteran of the War of 1812; and grandson of Captain Thomas Machin the architect of the great West Point Chain which was emplaced in 1778 to prevent the British from ascending the Hudson River.[5]

Machin married Nancy M. Knight on April 15, 1864. They were the parents of a daughter, Elinor.


  1. ^ Shuck, Oscar Tully (1901). History of the bench and bar of California: being biographies of many remarkable men, a store of humorous and pathetic recollections, accounts of important legislation and extraordinary cases, comprehending the judicial history of the state. The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. pp. 494–495. ISBN 1-58477-706-0.
  2. ^ Some materials provided to Kenneth Lifshitz by Kent Stoddard, Mono County Historian
  3. ^ "The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft: History of California" volume VII, Hubert Howe Bancroft, The History Company, San Francisco, 1890, pp. 303-304
  4. ^ Material derived from the Oakland Tribune, December 20th 1915
  5. ^ "Making More Sense of Machin", Kenneth Lifshitz, 2007, ,"Making More Sense of Machin title"[permanent dead link]
Political offices
Preceded by
William M. Buell, Francis Sorrell
California State Assemblyman, 12th District
(with two others)
Succeeded by
Three members
Preceded by
John F. Chellis
Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by
William Holden

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