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John W. Geary


Date Party Office Votes Result
06-03-1849 Nonpartisan Delegate 0 Win
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan Governor 1358 Loss

Candidate Biography:

John White Geary
Born: December 30, 1819 in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Married: Margaret Ann Logan, Mary Church Henderson
Children: Edward R. and a baby born in 1873
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War, Civil War)
Died: February 8, 1873 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

1849: Delegate, First California Constitutional Convention
1849: Postmaster of San Francisco
1849: Alcalde (Mayor), City of San Francisco
1849: Candidate for US Senator (Lost; Received 5 votes in the first ballot)
1850: Presiding Officer, Democratic Party Organization Convention*
1850-1851: Mayor, City of San Francisco
1856: Governor of Kansas Territory
1866-1873: Governor of Pennsylvania

  • The Democratic Organizing Convention was the first meeting of the Democratic Party of California and also the first political mass meeting in California.
  • PLACENAME: Geary Blvd. in San Francisco is named for Geary.
  • PLACENAME: Geary County in Kansas is named for Geary.
  • During the 1850 Squatters Riot in Sacramento, Colonel Geary (then Mayor of San Francisco), took command of two companies of troops and led them up the river to Sacramento to help with the unrest." [Source: History of Sacramento County, California by Thompson & West (1880)]

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