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Luella Buckminster-Johnston

1861 – 1958

 
 
Luella Buckminster-Johnston Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
1. Luella Buckminster-Johnston Marker
Inscription. An outspoken proponent of suffrage for women, she became the first of her gender elected to a municipal office in Sacramento, being swept into office by an all male electorate before women attained the right to vote. Widow of a politician and schoolteacher by avocation, she became a leader of the Progressive Republican Women and Sacramento’s first Commissioner of Education in 1912.
 
Erected by (Unknown) - This plaque dedicated in honor of Ludmilda Pezel-Hamilton.
 
Location. 38° 33.705′ N, 121° 30.016′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Click for map. Marker is located at the Sacramento City Cemetery at 1000 Broadway. Marker is located at the intersection of Olive and Cedar at Block 118 within the bounderies of the Cemetery Grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacramento Turn Verein (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Holland Laidler Camp No.5 Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Odd Fellows Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862)
Luella Buckminster-Johnston Marker and Grave Site Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
2. Luella Buckminster-Johnston Marker and Grave Site
(within shouting distance of this marker); John Bigler (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Masonic Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); James Logan Butler (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bennett Brothers (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .  A Biography of Alfred J. Johnston (Husband of Luella). (Submitted on October 13, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Obituary Published in the Sacramento Union, May 12, 1958
Luella Johnston Dies at 97; Was Former Civic Leader:

Luella Johnston, who became Sacramento's first woman commissioner in 1912, died at the age of 97 yesterday at the home of a son, Markham, in Carmel. Mrs. Johnston, was the widow of A.J. Johnston, who had been state printer for 12 years when he died in 1906.
She was active in political and women's groups, was founder of the Women's Council and was the oldest active president of the Tuesday Club. In the city office, when Sacramento had a commission form of government, she served as Commissioner of Education.
Mrs. Johnston was born in New Hampshire, May 9, 1861. Her father was killed in the Battle of Spotsylvania in the Civil War and she and her mother came to San Francisco. She taught school in Sacramento at the age of 15 and was married to Johnston 1880.
Her son Markham was Chief Deputy District Attorney under Hugh Bradford. Another son, Robert Jr., also survives. A daughter, Mrs. Luella Bryant of Atherton, a son Dave, and another son, Alva, proceeded her in death. The latter was a well-known newspaperman and writer, winning the Pulitzer Prize while with the New York Times.
    — Submitted October 25, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

2. Article from the Sacramento Bee, May 20, 1912
Burke is Highest Winner
Suburbs Turn the Tide in Favor of Mrs. Johnston, Electing All Five League Candidates
Voters of Entire City Express Preference for Good Government in No Uncertain Terms

The Five Winners:
M. J. Burke 10,791 total votes
J. A. Filcher 9,274
Chas. A. Bliss 9,033
E. M. Wilder 8,802
Luella B. Johnston 7,880

The people of Sacramento threw off the shackles of corporate and boss rule last Saturday by sweeping out of the way the five candidates for City Commissioner who represented the interests and Machine, and electing to office in their stead the five candidates who stand on the good government issue.
It was upheaval that was a surprise to the most ardent supporter of the Municipal League, and the honors go to the women of the city. Their untiring efforts, their perfect organization and their persistency in getting the voters, particularly the women, to the polls, was a victory over the Machine forces. They proved their right to equal suffrage.
How they will serve:
The five Commissioners, who will launch the new City Charter, based on the commission form of government, and terms which will serve are: M.J.Burke, 5 years; J.A.Filcher. 4 years; Chas.A.Bliss, 3 years; E.M.Wilder, 2 years; Luella Johnston, 1 year.
    — Submitted October 25, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,269 times since then and 116 times this year. Last updated on , by Gregg Campbell of Sacramento, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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