William Higby was born in New York August 18, 1813. He was a lawyer by profession, coming to California in 1850. He practiced
law in San Francisco, then mined for gold at Mokelumne Hill. He was elected District Attorney of Calaveras County (1843-59)
and was later elected to the State Senate (1863). In 1863, Higby was elected to Congress serving three terms (1863-68). In
1877, he became Internal Revenue Collector for California. He died at Santa Rosa, California, November 26, 1887.