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California Governors

California was admitted to the United States in 1850. As of 2012, it has been governed by 39 men. One of them, Earl Warren, became Chief Justice of the United States. Two first became well known as actors: Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Reagan went on to become a 2-term President of the United States.

John is the most common name for California governors, shared by 5:

  • John B. Weller (b. 1812), served 1858-60
  • John Bigler (b. 1805), served 1852-56
  • John Gately Downey (b. 1827), served 1860-62
  • John McDougall (b. ca. 1818), served 1851–52
  • John Neely Johnson (b. 1825), served 1856-58

There have been 3 governors named James:

  • James “Sunny Jim” Rolph, Jr. (b. 1869), served 1931-34
  • James Herbert Budd (b. 1851), served 1895-99
  • James Norris Gillett (b. 1860), served 1907-11

There have been 3 governors named George:

  • George Clement Perkins (b. 1839), served 1880-83
  • George Cooper Pardee (b. 1857), served 1903-07
  • George Stoneman, Jr. (b. 1822), served 1883-87

There have been 3 governors named Henry:

  • Henry Harrison Markham (b. 1840), served 1891-95
  • Henry Huntly Haight (b. 1825), served 1867-71
  • Henry Tifft Gage (b. 1852), served 1899-03

There have been 3 governors named William:

  • William “Friend” Richardson (b. 1865), served 1923-27
  • William Dennison Stephens (b. 1859), served 1917-23
  • William Irwin (b. ca. 1827), served 1875-80

The two Edmunds are father and son, both going by different nicknames:

  • Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr. (b. 1938), served 1975-83, 2011-
  • Edmund Gerald “Pat” Brown, Sr. (b. 1905), served 1959-67

There have been 2 governors named Peter:

  • Peter Barton “Pete” Wilson (b. 1933), served 1991-99
  • Peter Hardeman Burnett (b. 1807), served 1849-51

There was only one with each of the following names:

  • Amasa “Leland” Stanford (b. 1824), served 1862-63
  • Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (b. 1947), served 2003-2011
  • Clement Calhoun “C.C.” Young (b. 1869), served 1927-31
  • Courken “George” Deukmejian, Jr. (b. 1928), served 1983-91
  • Culbert Levy Olson (b. 1876), served 1939-43
  • Earl Warren (b. 1891), served 1943-53
  • Frank Finley Merriam (b. 1865), served 1934-39
  • Frederick Ferdinand Low (b. 1828), served 1863-67
  • Goodwin Jess “Goodie” Knight (b. 1896), served 1953-59
  • Hiram Warren Johnson (b.1866), served 1911-17
  • José Antonio “Romualdo” Pacheco, Jr. (b. 1831), served 1875
  • Joseph Graham “Gray” Davis, Jr. (b. 1942), served 1999-2003
  • Milton Slocum Latham (b. 1827), served 1860
  • Newton Booth (b. 1825), served 1871-75
  • Robert Whitney Waterman (b. 1826), served 1887-91
  • Ronald Wilson Reagan (b. 1911), served 1967-75
  • Washington Montgomery Bartlett (b. 1824), served 1887

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