Free and Independent

Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence publicly announced to the world the unanimous decision of the American colonies to declare themselves free and independent states, absolved from any allegiance to Great Britain. Though eloquent, the Declaration was only a statement of intent; a bloody, eleven-year war followed.  Today, remember the thousands who gave their lives for our liberty…and stay safe while you celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Governor #15, Stoneman

George Stoneman was born in Busti, New York, on August 28, 1822. He attended Jamestown Academy in Jamestown, New York, and graduated with high honors from Point Military Academy in 1842. He served in the Mexican-American War, commanding the San Francisco Presidio in 1848 and 1849. Later, Continue reading Governor #15, Stoneman

Governor #14, Perkins

California’s future 14th governor ran away from the family farm at a young age to hide on a departing vessel, dreaming of one day becoming a ship captain. Not discovered until the ship had sailed, George Clement Perkins spent the next four years at sea. Arriving in San Francisco as the fevered “rush” part of the Gold Rush was Continue reading Governor #14, Perkins

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