1825 – Born in Salem, Indiana, on the 30th of December, to Beebe and Hannah Booth. A lawyer who came to California and enjoyed success as a wholesale grocer prior to his election as State Senator.
1841 – His parents with him moved from Salem to Terre Haute, Indiana.
– Graduated from Asbury University, later renamed DePauw University, in nearby Greencastle, Indiana.
1850 – Studied law in Terre Haute and was admitted to the bar.
– He moved to California, where he temporarily engaged in the wholesale grocery business at Sacramento.
1857 – Returned to Terre Haute and engaged in the practice of law.
1860 – He returned to Sacramento, and again engaged in mercantile pursuits.
1862-1863 – Elected to the California State Senate.
1871 – Served as the 11th Governor of California.
1873 – Booth helped to organize a new political party, the "Dolly Vardens", and with their support he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
1875-1881 – Resigned and was elected to the United States Senate.
– Served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Manufacturers and the U.S. Senate Committee on Patents.
1892 – Died of cancer of the tongue in Sacramento on 14th of July and was interred in the City Cemetery.