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Washington Bartlett


Picture of Washington Bartlett
Date Party Office Votes Result
09-02-1873 Independent SD-08 0 Win
11-02-1886 Democratic Governor 84970 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 29, 1824 in Savannah, Georgia
Died (in office): September 12, 1887 in Oakland, CA

1856-1857: Member, San Francisco Second Vigilance Committee
1957-1859: Deputy County Clerk, San Francisco County
1859-1863: County Clerk, San Francisco County
1866: Candidate for San Francisco County Auditor (Lost)
1867-1869: County Clerk, San Francisco County
1870-1873: Member, California State Harbor Commission
1882-1883: President, Society of California Pioneers
1883-1885: Mayor, City of San Francisco

  • California's only Jewish Governor.
  • Serving only 247 days, Bartlett was the first California Governor to die in office.
  • In 2008, Orange County Superior Court candidate Mike Bartlett claimed that Governor Burnett was his great-great grandfather. Another candidate, Nick Thompson, filed a suit asking that the claim be removed from his candidate statement. A court ruled that the burden of proof was on Thompson, and without affirming that Bartlett was a relative, decided that it could not prove the Bartletts were not related.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Directory of the California Legislature. Twenty-First Session, 1875-6 by William Halley (1876)