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California's Hispanic Governor Profiled

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    California s Hispanic Governor Profiled By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS August 30, 2003 California s only Hispanic governor was never elected to the job and left for
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      California's Hispanic Governor Profiled

      By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
      August 30, 2003


      California's only Hispanic governor was never elected to the job and
      left for Congress after just nine months.

      Romualdo Pacheco Jr. was elected lieutenant governor in 1871 and
      took the state's top job four years later when his predecessor was
      elected to the U.S. Senate.

      He was known as a skilled horseman and hunter who once lassoed a
      grizzly bear.

      Pacheco was born in 1831 in Santa Barbara. He was trained as a
      seaman, and was stopped by Americans while sailing up the Pacific
      Coast during the Mexican-American War. He was released only after he
      swore allegiance to the United States.

      After California became a state in 1850, Pacheco served as a judge,
      state senator and state treasurer.

      In 1875, when Gov. Newton Booth was elected to the Senate, Pacheco
      became the state's first Hispanic and first California-born governor.

      He served nine months before he was elected to the U.S. House of
      Representatives.

      Pacheco died in Oakland in January 1899.


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      Sources: the California State Library, the Library of Congress, the
      California Center for Military History
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