Tirey Ford was born in Monroe County, MO. Took office on January 2, 1899, and resigned September 15, 1902. He was charged with offering a bribe, and acquitted in 1907 after a long trial. Later on in life, he published a well-received novel, Dawn and the Dons: The Romance of Monterey. Tirey died on June 26, 1928, in San Francisco.