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Rodman M. Price


Date Party Office Votes Result
08-01-1849 Nonpartisan Delegate 0 Win
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan CD-AL 4040 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 5, 1816 in Newton, New Jersey
Died: June 7, 1894 in Oakland, New Jersey

1846: Prefect and Alcalde of Monterey
1849: Delegate, First California Constitutional Convention (representing San Francisco District)
1851-1853: Member, United States House of Representatives [New Jersey]
1854-1857: Governor of New Jersey
1861: Delegate, Peace Convention

  • At the 1849 Constitutional Convention, Price lobbied to have San Francisco serve as the capital of California (he lost). He also made the motion for the elected terms in the Assembly to be two years (which was rejected in favor of one year terms, but the terms switched to two years in 1879).
  • Price also authored the resolution that authorized the California State seal.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis
Source: Governmental Roster, 1889. State and County Governments of California by W. C. Hendricks
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []