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California: Superintendents of Public Instruction


California Superintendents of Public Instruction, 1850-1983 (May be incomplete!)
John G. Marvin 1851-53 Paul K. Hubbs 1854-56 Andrew J. Moulder 1857-63 John Sweet 1863-67 O. P. Fitzgerald 1867-71 Henry N. Bolander 1871-75 Ezra S. Carr 1875-80 Frederick M. Campbell 1880-83 William T. Welcker 1883-87 Ira G. Hoitt 1887-91 J. W. Anderson 1891-95 Samuel T. Black 1895-98 C. T. Meredith 1898-99 Thomas J. Kirk 1899-1907 Edward Hyatt 1907-19 Will C. Wood 1919-27 William John Cooper 1927-29 Vierling Kersey 1929-37 Walter F. Dexter 1937-45 Roy E. Simpson 1945- Max Rafferty 1963-70 Wilson Riles 1971-83

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1850 Oct 7: John G. Marvin (Dem), elected.
  • 1853 Sep 7: Paul K. Hubbs (Dem), elected.
  • 1856 Nov 4: Andrew J. Moulder (Dem), elected.
  • 1898 Sep 24: Samuel T. Black, resigned; C. T. Meredith, appointed.
  • 1927 Jan 20: Will C. Wood, resigned; William John Cooper, appointed.
  • 1929 Feb 11: William John Cooper, resigned; Vierling Kersey, appointed.
  • 1937 Feb 1: Vierling Kersey, resigned; Walter F. Dexter, appointed.
  • 1938 Aug 30: Walter F. Dexter, elected.
  • 1942 Aug 25: Walter F. Dexter, elected.
  • 1945 Oct 21: Walter F. Dexter, died in office.
  • 1945 Nov 6: Roy E. Simpson, appointed.
  • 1962 Jun 5: Ralph Richardson, advanced to runoff; Max Rafferty, advanced to runoff; Cecil D. Hardesty, defeated; Wallace W. Hall, defeated; Laurence N. Wolfe, defeated; Willard M. Brown, defeated; Charles M. Berlese, defeated; Everett T. Calvert, defeated; C. O'Donnell Lee, defeated.
  • 1962 Nov 6: Max Rafferty, elected; Ralph Richardson, defeated.
  • 1966 Jun 7: Max Rafferty, elected; Willard Harper, defeated; Ashley Simms, defeated; Catherine Kay Motter, defeated.
  • 1970 Jun 2: Max Rafferty, advanced to runoff; Wilson Riles, advanced to runoff; Julian Nava, defeated; Saxon Cameron Elliott, defeated; Sylvia Tucker, defeated; Willard Harper, defeated; Dwayne T. Canon, defeated; Olive Fallon, defeated; Harvey Hurtt, defeated.
  • 1970 Nov 3: Wilson Riles, elected; Max Rafferty, defeated.
  • 1974 Jun 4: Wilson Riles, elected.
  • 1978 Jun 6: Wilson Riles, elected.
  • 1982 Nov 2: Wilson Riles, defeated.
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