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Edward P. Colgan


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1890 Republican Controller 128042 Win
11-06-1894 Republican Controller 114779 Win
11-08-1898 Republican Controller 149128 Win
11-04-1902 Republican Controller 161338 Win
11-06-1906 Republican Controller 190407 Win

Candidate Biography:

Edward Power Colgan
Born: January 10, 1856 in Santa Rosa, CA
Married: Mary Ellen Smith (in 1880)
Children: Edna, Evelyn, Ralph, and Helen
Died (in office): November 20, 1906 in San Francisco, CA

1886-1890: Sheriff, Sonoma County

  • Colgan died in San Francisco approximately seven months after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.
  • It was interesting to learn that of his five siblings, two were named after US Presidents; Abraham Lincoln Colgan (1866-1924) and George Washington Colgan (1869-1951).
  • There was some minor confusion that came from Charles M. Coglan (Clerk of the State Board of Equalization) died on July 13, 1905 and Edward P. Colgan (Controller and Ex-Officio Member of the State Board of Equalization) died on November 20, 1906.
  • OBITUARY: From his obituary in the Sacramento Bee; "The lamp which guided the feet of Edward Colgan was the lamp of scrupulous honesty. In the discharge of his duties he knew no other guide than that of absolute and unflinching integrity." (11/21/1906)

Source: "Some Public Men". The Sunday Union (Sacramento), 2/8/1891. Page 7.
Source: California Blue Book (1903)