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 David D Chamberlin

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David D Chamberlin

  • Birth 11 Mar 1838 Windsor County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 12 Mar 1865 Virginia City, Madison County, Montana, USA
  • Burial Virginia City, Madison County, Montana, USA
  • Memorial ID 42631743

As a young man he joined William Walker's
filibustering expedition in Central America. From there he went to Chile where he bore arms during a revolution. He returned to the United States in 1858, going to California and then to Lewiston, Idaho where he learned a bit of the Nez Perce language and joined them as an interpreter. During the Idaho legislature session of 1863-1864 he became a sergeant at arms. He moved to Virginia City in the fall of 1864 when it was first becoming a gold boom town and the territorial capital. The new governing body wished to use Idaho, which they had just been a part of, as their model. Chamberli offered to ride, by horseback, the 1400 miles to Lewiston and return with a copy of the Idaho statues within 40 days. He completed the trip successfully. On his 27th birthday he was shot by a fellow named John Thornburn and he died the following day, "a thorough Union man," according to his obituary.


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  • Created by: Tom Todd
  • Added: 2 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42631743
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David D Chamberlin (11 Mar 1838–12 Mar 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42631743, citing Virginia City Cemetery, Virginia City, Madison County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Tom Todd (contributor 46900975) .