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B. D. Wilson


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Date Party Office Votes Result
09-05-1855 Democratic SD-01 0 Win
11-03-1868 Independent SD-02 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Benjamin Davis "Don Benito" Wilson
Born: December 1, 1811 in Wilson County, Tennessee
Married: Ramona Yorba (m. 1844, d. 1849), Margaret Hereford
Child: Four daughters (including Ruth who married George S. Patton Sr.)
Died: March 11, 1878 at Lake Vinyard in Los Angeles, CA

1844-184?: Justice of the Peace, California's Inland Territory (Riverside County area)
1851-1852: Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Previous: Member, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
1854: Founder, City of San Gabriel
1859: Founder, City of Riverside
1874: Founder, Indiana Colony (later renamed Pasadena, CA)

  • In 1861, Wilson and Phineas Banning donated the land used to build Drum Barracks (Union Army headquarters for California and Arizona during the Civil War).
  • Wilson was the grandfather of General George S. Patton Jr., World War II commander and name-sake for the Patton tank.
  • PLACENAME: Mount Wilson, the highest of the San Gabriel Mountains, is named for Mayor Wilson. Wilson led the first "white man's expedition" up the mountain.
  • PLACENAME: Don Benito Fundamental School in Pasadena is named for Wilson.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Legislative Guide... of all the State Officers and Members of the Legislature... by Kean & Dudley (H.S. Crocker and Co.; 1871)