Cameron Erskine Thom (1825-1915) was Los Angeles County district attorney, mayor of Los Angeles, from 1882 to 1884, and a
California state senator. Born in Culpeper County, Virginia, Thom moved to California in 1849, and briefly mined before opening
a law office in Sacramento. He was appointed agent for the U.S. Land Commission but later moved to Los Angeles, where he became
Los Angeles city attorney and Los Angeles County district attorney. During the American Civil War, he returned to Virginia
to become an officer for the Confederacy and was wounded at Gettysburg. After the war he returned to Los Angeles to reopen
his law office, renew his political career, and invest in real estate in Southern California. He helped found the city of
Glendale, California in 1887.
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