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Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Robert Semple

 
 
Robert Semple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
1. Robert Semple Marker
Inscription. Robert Semple, chief founder of Benicia, negotiated with General M.G. Vallejo for the land and suggested new city be named after Generalís wife, Francisca Benicia, selecting Francisca. Officials of Yerba Buena objected and by ordinance changed that cityís name to San Francisco. Semple then renamed the new city, calling it Benicia. Was member city council, established first ferry between Benicia and Rancho Martinez, was one of publishers of first American newspaper in California, and Chairman of Constitutional Convention at Monterey.
 
Erected 1947 by Historic Landmarks Committee, Native Sons of the Golden West during Centennial Ceremonies of Beniciaís founding, June 15, 1947.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 3.008′ N, 122° 9.54′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Click for map. Marker is located at the flag pole on the grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 West G Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founders of Benicia (here, next to this marker); Old State Capitol
Robert Semple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
2. Robert Semple Marker
(here, next to this marker); Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – Ď81 (here, next to this marker); Fischer-Hanlon House (a few steps from this marker); The Bohn Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Solano Hotel (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Masonic Hall Built in California (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Benicia.
 
Regarding Robert Semple. See all other Benicia "Nearby Markers" for additional information.
 
Also see . . .
1. 1847 - The City of Benicia is Born. (Submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Dr. Robert Bay Semple. (Submitted on March 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Marker is Located in Front Row on Left image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
3. Marker is Located in Front Row on Left
A Second Marker at this Site image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
4. A Second Marker at this Site
Founders of Benicia
This marker page includes a short commentary on Robert Semple and the founding of Benicia.
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Robert Semple image. Click for full size.
Benicia Capitol State Historic Park Brochure, circa 1850's
5. Robert Semple
Robert Semple Grave Site image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, April 20, 2009
6. Robert Semple Grave Site
Located at the Williams Cemetery
Williams, California
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,260 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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