The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
California: Governors

Governors of California, 1849-2022 (May be incomplete!)
Peter H. Burnett 1849-51 John McDougal 1851-52 John Bigler 1852-56 J. Neely Johnson 1856-58 John B. Weller 1858-60 Milton S. Latham 1860 John G. Downey 1860-62 Leland Stanford 1862-63 Frederick F. Low 1863-67 Henry H. Haight 1867-71 Newton Booth 1871-75 Romualdo Pacheco 1875 William Irwin 1875-80 George C. Perkins 1880-83 George Stoneman 1883-87 Washington Bartlett 1887 Robert W. Waterman 1887-91 Henry H. Markham 1891-95 James Herbert Budd 1895-99 Henry T. Gage 1899-1903 George C. Pardee 1903-07 James N. Gillett 1907-11 Hiram W. Johnson 1911-17 William D. Stephens 1917-23 Friend W. Richardson 1923-27 C. C. Young 1927-31 James Rolph, Jr. 1931-34 Frank F. Merriam 1934-39 Culbert L. Olson 1939-43 Earl Warren 1943-53 Goodwin J. Knight 1953-59 Edmund G. Brown, Sr. 1959-67 Ronald Reagan 1967-75 Edmund G. Brown, Jr. 1975-83 George Deukmejian 1983-91 Pete Wilson 1991-99 Gray Davis 1999-2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003- Edmund G. Brown, Jr. 2011- Gavin Newsom 2019-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1849 Nov 13: Peter H. Burnett, elected; Winfield S. Sherwood, defeated; John A. Sutter, defeated; William M. Steuart, defeated; John W. Geary, defeated.
  • 1851 Sep 3: John Bigler (Dem), elected; Pierson B. Reading (Whig), defeated.
  • 1853 Sep 7: John Bigler (Dem), elected; William Waldo (Whig), defeated.
  • 1855 Sep 5: J. Neely Johnson (American), elected; John Bigler (Dem), defeated.
  • 1857 Sep 2: John B. Weller (Dem), elected; Edward Stanly (Rep & Settlers and Miners), defeated; George W. Bowie (American), defeated.
  • 1859 Sep 7: Milton S. Latham (Lecompton Democratic), elected; John Currey (Anti-Lecompton Democratic), defeated; Leland Stanford (Rep), defeated.
  • 1861 Sep 4: Leland Stanford (Rep), elected; John Conness (Union Democratic), defeated; John R. McConnell (Breckinridge Democratic), defeated.
  • 1863 Sep 2: Frederick F. Low (Union), elected; John G. Downey (Dem), defeated.
  • 1867 Sep 4: Henry H. Haight (Dem), elected; George C. Gorham (Union), defeated; Caleb T. Fay (Union Republican), defeated.
  • 1871 Sep 6: Newton Booth (Rep), elected; Henry H. Haight (Dem), defeated.
  • 1875 Sep 7: William Irwin (Dem), elected; Timothy G. Phelps (Rep), defeated; John Bidwell (Ind), defeated; William E. Lovett (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1879 Sep 3: George C. Perkins (Rep), elected; Hugh J. Glenn (Dem & New Constitution), defeated; William F. White (Workingmen), defeated; A. C. Clark (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1882 Nov 7: George Stoneman (Dem), elected; Morris M. Estee (Rep), defeated; R. H. McDonald (Prohibition), defeated; Thomas J. McQuiddy (Greenback Labor), defeated.
  • 1886 Nov 2: Washington Bartlett (Dem), elected; John F. Swift (Rep), defeated; C. C. O'Donnell (Ind), defeated; P. D. Wigginton (American), defeated; Joel Russell (Prohibition & Farmers), defeated.
  • 1887 Sep 12: Washington Bartlett, died in office.
  • 1890 Nov 4: Henry H. Markham (Rep), elected; Edward B. Pond (Dem), defeated; John Bidwell (Prohibition & American), defeated.
  • 1898: James G. Maguire (Dem), defeated; Job Harriman (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1902 Nov 4: George C. Pardee (Rep), elected; Franklin K. Lane (Dem), defeated.
  • 1906 Nov 6: James N. Gillett (Rep), elected; Theodore A. Bell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1910: Charles F. Curry (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1910 Nov 8: Hiram W. Johnson (Rep), elected; Theodore A. Bell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Hiram W. Johnson (Progressive), elected; John D. Fredericks (Rep), defeated; John B. Curtin (Dem), defeated; Noble A. Richarson (Socialist), defeated; Clinton P. Moore (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1918: Thomas Lee Woolwine (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1918 Nov 5: William D. Stephens (Rep & Progressive & Prohibition), elected; Theodore A. Bell (Ind), defeated; Henry H. Roser (Socialist), defeated; James Rolph, Jr., defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Friend W. Richardson (Rep), elected; Thomas Lee Woolwine (Dem), defeated; Alexander Horr (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1926 Nov 2: C. C. Young (Rep), elected; Justus S. Wardell (Dem), defeated; Upton Sinclair (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: James Rolph, Jr. (Rep), elected; Milton K. Young (Dem), defeated; Upton Sinclair (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1934: C. C. Young, defeated for nomination.
  • 1934: Justus S. Wardell (Dem), defeated in primary; Milton K. Young (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1934: Upton Sinclair (Dem), defeated.
  • 1934 Jun 2: James Rolph, Jr., died in office.
  • 1938: John F. Dockweiler (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1938: Culbert L. Olson (Dem), elected.
  • 1942: Culbert L. Olson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1950: James Roosevelt (Dem), defeated.
  • 1958: William F. Knowland (Rep), defeated.
  • 1962: Richard M. Nixon, defeated.
  • 1966: George Christopher (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1966: Edmund G. Brown, Sr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1970: Jesse M. Unruh (Dem), defeated; William K. Shearer (American Independent), defeated.
  • 1974: Jerome R. Waldie (Dem), defeated in primary; James Q. Wedworth (Dem), defeated in primary; Joseph L. Alioto (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1974: Ed Reinecke (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1974: Houston I. Flournoy, defeated.
  • 1974 Jun 4: James A. Ware (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1978: William A. Burkett (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1978: Kenneth L. Maddy (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1978: Evelle J. Younger (Rep), defeated; Mel Mason (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1982: John Garamendi (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1982: Mike Curb (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1982: Tom Bradley (Dem), defeated; Mel Mason (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1982 Nov 2: James C. Griffin (American Independent), defeated.
  • 1986: Tom Bradley (Dem), defeated; B. Joseph Fuhrig (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Dianne Feinstein (Dem), defeated.
  • 1994: John Garamendi (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1994: Kathleen Brown (Dem), defeated.
  • 1998: Jane F. Harman (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1998: Marsha Feinland (Peace and Freedom), defeated in primary.
  • 1998: Dan Lungren (Rep), defeated.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Gray Davis (Dem), elected.
  • 2002: Richard J. Riordan (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2002: Peter Camejo (Green), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Gray Davis (Dem), elected.
  • 2003 Oct 7: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Rep), elected; Cruz Bustamante (Dem), defeated; Tom McClintock (Rep), defeated; Peter Camejo (Green), defeated; Arianna Huffington (Ind), defeated; Peter V. Ueberroth (Rep), defeated; Larry Flynt (Dem), defeated; Gary Coleman (Ind), defeated; George B. Schwartzman (Ind), defeated; Mary Ellen Cook (Ind), defeated; Bruce Martin Margolin (Dem), defeated; Bill Simon (Rep), defeated; John C. Burton (Ind), defeated; Van Vo (Rep), defeated; David Laughing Horse Robinson (Dem), defeated; Leo Gallagher (Ind), defeated; Cheryl Bly-Chester (Rep), defeated; Lawrence Steven Strauss (Dem), defeated; Ronald Jason Palmieri (Dem), defeated; Calvin Y. Louie (Dem), defeated; Badi Badiozamani (Ind), defeated; Audie E. Bock (Dem), defeated; Ralph A. Hernandez (Dem), defeated; Dan Feinstein (Dem), defeated; Edward Thomas Kennedy (Dem), defeated; Bob McClain (Ind), defeated; James Henry Green (Dem), defeated; Angelyne (Ind), defeated; Garrett Gruener (Dem), defeated; Jerome Kunzman (Ind), defeated; Jim Weir (Dem), defeated; Ivan Alexander Hall III (Green), defeated; Ned Fenton Roscoe (Libertarian), defeated; Georgina Russell (Dem), defeated; Paul Mariano (Dem), defeated; Jack Loyd Grisham (Ind), defeated; Jonathan D. Miller (Dem), defeated; Brooke Adams (Ind), defeated; Daniel T. Watts (Green), defeated; Christopher Sproul (Dem), defeated; Ken Hamidi (Libertarian), defeated; Randall D. Sprague (Rep), defeated; Nathan Whitecloud Walton (Ind), defeated; Frank A. Macaluso, Jr. (Dem), defeated; Mohammad Arif (Ind), defeated; Marc Valdez (Dem), defeated; John J. Hickey (Libertarian), defeated; Daniel C. Ramirez (Dem), defeated; C. T. Weber (Peace and Freedom), defeated; Michael J. Wozniak (Dem), defeated; Michael Schmier (Dem), defeated; Diana Foss (Dem), defeated; Lingel H. Winters (Dem), defeated; B. E. Smith (Ind), defeated; Joe Guzzardi (Dem), defeated; Richard J. Simmons (Ind), defeated; Mike P. McCarthy (Ind), defeated; Leonard Padilla (Ind), defeated; Art Brown (Dem), defeated; Iris Adam (Natural Law), defeated; Maurice J. Walker (Green), defeated; Trek Thunder Kelly (Ind), defeated; Darin Price (Natural Law), defeated; Vikramjit S. Bajwa (Dem), defeated; John Mortensen (Dem), defeated; David Ronald Sams (Rep), defeated; Sara Ann Hanlon (Ind), defeated; Diane Beall Templin (American Independent), defeated; Jim Hoffman (Rep), defeated; Dick Lane (Dem), defeated; Charles Pineda, Jr. (Dem), defeated; William B. Vaughn (Dem), defeated; Robert C. Newman II (Rep), defeated; C. Stephen Henderson (Ind), defeated; Scott A. Mednick (Dem), defeated; Dorene Musilli (Rep), defeated; Jamie Rosemary Safford (Rep), defeated; Kurt E. Rightmyer (Ind), defeated; Brian Tracy (Ind), defeated; Sharon Rushford (Ind), defeated; Robert C. Mannheim (Dem), defeated; Darryl L. Mobley (Ind), defeated; Christopher Ranken (Dem), defeated; Patricia G. Tilley (Ind), defeated; A. Lavar Taylor (Dem), defeated; Michael Jackson (Rep), defeated; Douglas Anderson (Rep), defeated; Joel Britton (Ind), defeated; Alex-St. James (Rep), defeated; Darrin H. Scheidle (Dem), defeated; Bob Lynn Edwards (Dem), defeated; Paul Mailander (Dem), defeated; Paul James Nave (Dem), defeated; Ed Beyer (Rep), defeated; John W. Beard (Rep), defeated; Chuck Walker (Rep), defeated; William S. Chambers (Rep), defeated; Warren Farrell (Dem), defeated; Robert Cullenbine (Dem), defeated; Dennis Duggan McMahon (Rep), defeated; James M. Vandeventer, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Vip Bhola (Rep), defeated; Gerold Lee Gorman (Dem), defeated; Kelly P. Kimball (Dem), defeated; Mike McNeilly (Rep), defeated; Eric Korevaar (Dem), defeated; S. Issa (Rep), defeated; Bryan Quinn (Rep), defeated; Gino Martorana (Rep), defeated; Richard Andrew Gosse (Rep), defeated; Tim Sylvester (Dem), defeated; Paul W. Vann (Rep), defeated; Michael Cheli (Ind), defeated; Heather Peters (Rep), defeated; Jeff Rainforth (Ind), defeated; Ronald J. Friedman (Ind), defeated; Jeffrey L. Mock (Rep), defeated; Bill Prady (Dem), defeated; Daniel W. Richards (Rep), defeated; Scott W. Davis (Ind), defeated; Todd Carson (Rep), defeated; Lorraine Fontanes (Dem), defeated; Carl A. Mehr (Rep), defeated; Jon W. Zellhoefer (Rep), defeated; Gary Leonard (Dem), defeated; Gregory J. Pawlik (Rep), defeated; Reva Renee Renz (Rep), defeated; Kevin Richter (Rep), defeated; Stephen L. Knapp (Rep), defeated; William James Tsangares (Rep), defeated; D. Clements (Rep), defeated; Robert A. Dole (Rep), defeated; David E. Kessinger (Dem), defeated; Gene Forte (Rep), defeated; Todd Richard Lewis (Ind), defeated.
  • 2006: Peter Camejo (Green), defeated; Janice Jordan (Peace and Freedom), defeated.
  • 2010 Jun 8: Steve Poizner (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2010 Jun 8: Carlos Alvarez (Peace and Freedom), nominated.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Carlos Alvarez (Peace and Freedom), defeated.
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