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Abel Stearns


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Date Party Office Votes Result
06-03-1849 Nonpartisan Delegate 0 Win
10-07-1850 Whig AD-02 0 Win
11-06-1860 Douglas Democratic AD-01 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 9, 1798 in Lunenberg, Massachusetts
Married: Arcadia Bandini (in 1841)
Family: Uncle of Arcadia Bautista (who married John T. Gaffey), Son-in-law of Juan Bandini
Died: August 23, 1871 in San Francisco, CA

1836: Sindico (City Attorney) for San Pedro
1844-1847: Member, Los Angeles City Junta
1847-1849: Sindico (City Attorney) for San Pedro
1849: Delegate, First California Constitutional Convention (representing Los Angeles District)
1850: Alcalde (Mayor), City of Los Angeles
1860: Member, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Later: Member, Los Angeles City Council

  • A Little Young: Arcadia was 14 when she married Stearns. After Stearns died, Arcadia married Robert S. Baker; for whom Bakersfield is named.

Source: California's Stately Hall of Fame by Rockwell D. Hunt (1950)
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Governmental Roster, 1889. State and County Governments of California by W. C. Hendricks

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