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John Bigler


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Date Party Office Votes Result
12-18-1849 Nonpartisan Controller 1 Loss
12-18-1849 Nonpartisan AD-Sacramento 0 Win
10-07-1850 Democratic AD-12 0 Win
09-03-1851 Democratic Governor 22613 Win
09-07-1853 Democratic Governor 38090 Win
09-05-1855 Democratic Governor 45937 Loss
09-02-1863 Independent CD-AL 43520 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: January 8, 1805 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Family: Brother of Governor William Bigler of Pennsylvania
Died: November 29, 1871 in Sacramento, CA

1850-1851: Speaker, California State Assembly
1857: U.S. Minister to Chile
1866: Nominated for Federal Assessor of Internal Revenue for the Sacramento District (US Senate didn't confirm nomination)
1867: Railroad Commissioner, Central Pacific Railroad 

  • Bigler was the only Governor to serve two terms in the 19th Century [Source: Gold Rush Politics by Mary Jo Ignoffo]
  • PLACENAME: From 1853 until the late 1870s, Californias largest lake was named Lake Bigler for Governor Bigler. It was renamed Lake Tahoe in 1945.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Gold Rush Politics by Mary Jo Ignoffo
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []

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