The inscription in the cartouche reads: AWARDED BY THE State Agricultural Society TO CARR & CHAPMAN FOR THE BEST HERD OF CATTLE, "Gov. Booth and Herd." Sept. 1874.
Governor Newton Booth (1825-1892), the presenter of the pitcher, was a leading California politician during the second half of the nineteenth century. His strong support of the Union cause during the Civil War and his contributions to the newspaper Sacramento Union led him into politics. In 1863, Mr. Booth was elected to the state senate and in 1871, he became the eleventh Governor of California. His term was notable for its opposition to the granting of subsidies to the railroad. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1875 and resigned as Governor to take up his new duties. As Senator, Mr. Booth championed the adoption of the silver certificate and the settlement of land titles in California.