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

Governor #8, Stanford

California’s eighth governor was born Amasa Leland Stanford on March 9, 1824, in Watervliet, New York, and was raised on his family’s two prosperous farms in the area. Stanford attended college in Clinton, New York, and studied law at Cazenovia Seminary. In 1845 he joined a law firm in Albany, New York. After Continue reading Governor #8, Stanford

Governor # 7, Downey

After only five days as lieutenant governor, Irish-born John Gately Downey succeeded Milton Latham, who resigned the governor’s office to accept appointment as a U.S. Senator. Until the 21st century, Downey was the only California governor who was not born in the United States. He was also the state’s first governor Continue reading Governor # 7, Downey

Governor #6, Latham

Milton S. Latham’s five day tenure as governor remains the shortest in California history. Latham was a Le Compton (pro-slavery) Democrat who came West on the wave of the Gold Rush in 1850. He briefly served as Court Clerk Recorder in San Francisco, then as District Attorney for Sacramento 1850-1851, Continue reading Governor #6, Latham