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William D. Stephens


Picture of William D. Stephens
CA Blue Book (2000)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1910 Republican CD-07 36435 Win
11-05-1912 Republican CD-10 43637 Win
11-03-1914 Progressive (Bull Moose) CD-10 44141 Win
07-22-1916 Republican Lieutenant Governor 0 Win
03-15-1917 Republican Governor 0 Win
11-05-1918 Republican Governor 387547 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: December 26, 1859 in Eaton, Ohio
Married: Flora Rawson (in 1891)
Child: Barbara Osborn
Died: April 24, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA

1906: Member, Los Angeles Board of Education
1907-1911: President, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
1907-1909: Member, Los Angeles Board of Education
1909: Interim Mayor, City of Los Angeles*
1916: Resigned from the United States House of Representatives on July 22.
1917: Resigned as Lieutenant Governor on March 15.
1922: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost)

  • No elected Mayor of Los Angeles has ever become Governor of California. Stephens was appointed Mayor, not elected.
  • Budget Problems: "I call to your serious attention the fiscal problems that have been presented to the State of California within the last two years by legislation enacted by the people directly. Our fiscal offices until recently felt assured that prevailing income and revenue would be ample to provide for all necessary State expenditures, and that no unusual tax would be made upon the people of the State. At the last election, however, the people voluntarily assumed an additional large burden of taxes by passing legislation calling for heavy appropriations, and it is because of this voluntary action of the people themselves that the financial difficulties referred to have arisen." (Assembly Journal 1/4/1921)
  • PLACENAME: The William D. Stephens Grove (of redwoods) is located at Humboldt Redwoods State Park.