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John Bigler

(1806 – 1871)

 

—California’s Third Governor —

 
John Bigler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
1. John Bigler Marker
Inscription. 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, and he signed the bill into law on February 25, 1854. He later served as United States Minister to Chile and Internal Revenue Collector for the Sacramento District.

John Bigler
John Bigler Burial Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
2. John Bigler Burial Monument
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.
 
Location. 38° 33.741′ N, 121° 30.015′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Old Masonic Section of the Sacramento City Cemetery. 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. 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); Old Odd Fellows Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); The G.A.R. Memorial Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Luella Buckminster-Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Holland Laidler Camp No.5 Plot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bennett Brothers (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Regarding John Bigler. Elected to California's
Plaque Mounted at Bottom of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
3. Plaque Mounted at Bottom of Monument
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. Governors of California: John Bigler. (Submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. About Sacramento: John Bigler. (Submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Rootsweb: John Bigler. (Submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
4. New York Times Article December 4, 1866. (Submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Governor John Bigler image. Click for full size.
By State of California
4. Governor John Bigler
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,466 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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