Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
(1806 – 1871)
— California’s Third Governor —
Born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1806, John Bigler was the eldest of what was said to be “a numerous family of children.” As a young man, he was apprenticed to the printing trade and became one of the youngest editors of the Pittsburg Post. In 1826 Bigler became publisher of the paper he started with, the Centre Democrat and later entered the study of law in Ohio, and ultimately was drawn into politics.
John Bigler came overland across the plains to California in early 1849. Having served in both the Ohio and Illinois Legislatures, he lost little time in getting into the political arena and was elected to the Legislature, becoming Sacramento’s first representative to the Assembly in 1849. He was chosen by his peers as the first Speaker of the Assembly, serving in that capacity for two years. On the 19th of May, 1851, Bigler was nominated by the Democratic Party for governor, and was elected on September 3rd, serving as California’s third governor for two terms (1852 – 1856). It was Governor John Bigler who lobbied vigorously for Sacramento to bid to become the permanent State Capital of California,
John Bigler died in Sacramento on November 28, 1871. He was laid to rest, at his request, amidst his brother Masons here in City Cemetery. It was said of him that as a private citizen, public officer, husband and father, he stood above reproach.
Erected by Sacramento City Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1806.
Location. 38° 33.741′ N, 121° 30.015′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is located in the Old Masonic Section of the Sacramento City Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) (a few steps from this marker); Old Masonic Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento Turn Verein (within shouting distance of this marker); Veteran of Foreign Wars Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Theodora Tiffee Purkitt, M.D.The G.A.R. Memorial Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Odd Fellows Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Luella Buckminster-Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Regarding John Bigler. Elected to California's first Legislature in 1849, he became the first Speaker of the Assembly. He was elected this state's third governor in 1852 and re-elected in 1854, being the only governor to serve more than one term from 1849 until 1939. As governor, he was instrumental in bringing the Capital here to stay in 1854.
Source: Sacramento City Cemetery Walking Tour Brochure
Also see . . .
1. John Bigler. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on July 5, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. John Bigler. Men of the Pacific website entry (Submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
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