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James Rolph Jr.


Picture of James Rolph Jr.
CA Blue Book (2000)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1918 Write-in Governor 20605 Loss
11-04-1930 Republican Governor 999393 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: August 23, 1869 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Annie Marshall Reid (in 1900)
Family: Brother of Thomas Rolph
Died: June 2, 1934 at Riverside Farm in Santa Clara County, CA

1912-1931: Mayor, City of San Francisco
1918: Primary Candidate for Governor (Won, but disqualified)*
1933-1934: Chair, National Governors Association

  • Rolph was disqualified by California Supreme Court because although he won the Democratic primary, he was a registered Republican at the time. 
  • PLACENAME: The town of Rolph (in Humbolt County) was named after a ship-building plant that Rolph founded.
  • PLACENAME: The "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" is also officially named the "James "Sunny Jim" Rolph Bridge". - Source:
  • PLACENAME: The James Rolph Jr Playground is located in San Francisco.
  • PLACENAME: The James Rolph Grove (of redwoods) is located at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. 
  • Prior to being elected Mayor of San Francisco, Rolph owned a ship-building company. One of their ships, the James Rolph, a schooner from San Francisco, ran aground at Point San Pedro on August 2, 1910.
  • James Rolph III was a Republican primary candidate for Lt. Governor in 1942. He came in third (of three candidates) lost the primary to Frederick F. Houser.

Source: "National Governors Association" on Wikipedia