Governor #13, Irwin

As President pro Tempore of the State Senate, William Irwin assumed the role of acting lieutenant governor when Romualdo Pacheco stepped into the governor’s chair in February 1875, after Newton Booth’s resignation. Irwin had first entered politics when he was elected to the State Assembly 1861-63, representing Continue reading Governor #13, Irwin

Governor #12, Pacheco

Elected as lieutenant governor in 1871, Romualdo Pacheco assumed the governorship on February 27, 1875, upon the resignation of Newton Booth, serving out Booth’s term until December 9, 1875. He was born in Santa Barbara on October 31, 1831, to a prominent family, and is the only California governor Continue reading Governor #12, Pacheco

Governor #11, Booth

Noted in his adulthood for having a charming persona, Newton Booth was born in Salem, Indiana, on December 30, 1825. When he was sixteen his parents moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, where Newton graduated from nearby Asbury University (now DePauw University) in 1846, and then studied law. Admitted to the Continue reading Governor #11, Booth

Governor #10, Haight

Henry Huntly Haight was just thirteen when he enrolled in the prestigious Rochester Collegiate Institute, and nineteen when he graduated with high honors from Yale University. Next, Henry studied law in St. Louis under his attorney-father’s tutelage. After he was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1847, Henry and his father Continue reading Governor #10, Haight

Governor #9, Low

Born on his father’s farm near Frankfort, Maine (now Winterport), Frederick Low left home at fifteen to become an apprentice to Russell, Sturgis and Company, a Boston mercantile. While in Boston, Low augmented his public school education by attending lectures at the Lowell Institute and Faneuil Hall, where Continue reading Governor #9, Low