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James W. Mandeville


Picture of James W. Mandeville
CA Blue Book (2000)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1852 Democratic AD-09 0 Win
10-08-1853 Democratic AD-09 0 Win
09-06-1854 Democratic SD-07 0 Win
09-05-1855 Democratic SD-07 0 Win
11-04-1856 Democratic SD-07 0 Win
09-02-1857 Democratic Controller 57048 Win
09-04-1867 Democratic SD-12 0 Win
11-03-1868 Democratic SD-12 0 Win
09-07-1875 Democratic Controller 57064 Win

Candidate Biography:

James Wylie Mandeville
Born: 1824 in Coventry, New York
Married: Helen P. Suell (m. 1856)
Child: Helen Gertrude
Died (in office): February 4, 1876

1854: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1856: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 14 to 16)
1857: Resigned from the State Senate on July 24.
1858: Declined to serve the Controller term to which he had been elected.
1858-1859: US Surveyor General for the District of California
1860s-1870s: CA State Commissioner of Immigration
1870: Resigned from the State Senate on April 15.

  • At the beginning of the 1854 session, Mandeville commented that it was unnecessary to elect a permanent Speaker pro Tem, and that the election could be made later (if the Speaker became absent). Three days later, he was elected to the position himself. 
  • DECLINED TO ASSUME OFFICE: Although Mandeville was elected Controller twice, he served for a combined total of only sixy-two days in that office. Mandeville never assumed the office of Controller after his 1857 election, having already been appointed US Surveyor General for California. When he was eventually 're-elected' two decades later, he served only about two months before he died in office.  
  • Mandeville was the only person to resign from the State Senate twice. The only person to resign from the Assembly twice was Jose M. Covarrubias
  • PLACENAME: The editor of this website strongly suspects that Mandeville Island in San Joaquin County was named for this individual.

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)
Source: Anthropographic Chart of the 17th Session of the Legislature... (Sacramento; Russell & Winterburn's, 1867)