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Friend William Richardson


Picture of Friend William Richardson
CA Blue Book 2000
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-23-1911 Republican State Printer 0 Win
11-03-1914 Progressive (Bull Moose) Treasurer 632308 Win
11-05-1918 Republican Treasurer 479333 Win
11-07-1922 Republican Governor 576445 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: December 1865 in Friends Colony, Michigan
Died: September 6, 1943 in Berkeley, CA

1891-1896: County Clerk, San Bernardino County
1901-1911: Editor and Publisher, Berkeley Daily Gazette
1902-1943: President, California Press Association
1910: Candidate for Superintendent of State Printing (Lost)
1911: Appointed Superintendent of State Printing
1926: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost)
1932-1934: Building and Loan Commissioner, State of California
1934-1939: Superintendent of Banks

  • VETOES: Governor Richardson set the all-time record for the most vetoes in 1925, when he used the 'pocket veto' to kill 519 of the 999 bills presented to him (51.95%). The pocket veto was eliminated by Proposition 1A in 1966. In the post-pocket veto era, Governor George Deukmejian holds the record for the most bills vetoed in a single year (436 in 1990) and Arnold Schwarzenegger holds the record for vetoing the highest percentage of bills (35.17% in 2008). Source: Peter Detwiler, Senate Local Government Committee
  • PLACENAME: The Friend W. Richardson Grove (of redwoods) is located at Richardson Grove State Park.

Source: California Blue Book (1911)
Source: California Blue Book (1924)