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Sacramento City Government Facts

  1. City Council meets for the first time on August 1, 1849
  2. Citizens approve city charter on October 13, 1849
  3. City Charter recognized by the State of California on February 27, 1850
  4. City incorporated on March 18, 1850

Sacramento City Mayors

Date Name Date Name
1849 William Stout (for three weeks) 1916-1918 Daniel W. Carmichael
1849 Albert Maver Winn 1918-1920 John Q. Brown
1850 Hardin Bigelow 1920-1921 Charles A. Bliss
1851 James R. Hardenberg 1921-1925 Albert Elkus
1852 C.I. Hutchinson 1926-1927 Alexander E. Goddard
1853 James R. Hardenberg 1928-1929 Ralph E. Conley
1854 R.P. Johnson 1930-1933 C.H.S. Bidwell
1855 James L. English 1934-1935 Thomas P. Scollan
1856 Benjamin B. Redding 1936-1937 Arthur D. Ferguson
1857 J.P. Dyer 1938-1945 Thomas B. Monk
1858 *Henry L. Nichols, MD, President of the Board 1946-1947 George L. Klumpp
1859-1862 * William Shattuck, President of the Board 1948-1949 Belle Cooledge
1863-1871 Charles Heman, 1st Trustee & Mayor 1950-1951 Bert E. Geisreiter
1872-1877 Christopher Green, 1st Trustee & Mayor 1952-1953 Leslie E. Wood
1878-1880 Jabez Turner, 1st Trustee & Mayor 1954 William A. Hicks (Resigned)
1887-1888 Eugene J. Gregory, 1st Trustee & Mayor 1954-1955 H.H. Hendren
1889-1892 William D. Comstock, 1st Trustee & Mayor 1956-1959 Clarence L. Azevedo
1893-1895 Bernard U. Steinman, 1st Trustee & Mayor 1960-1965 James B. McKenney
1896-1897 Cyrus H. Hubbard 1966-1967 Walter Christensen
1898-1899 William Land 1968-1975 Richard H. Marriott
1900-1903 George H. Clark 1975-1982 Phillip L. Isenberg
1904-1905 William J. Hassett 1983 R. Burnett Miller
1906-1907 Marshall R. Beard 1983-1992 Anne Rudin
1908-1909 Clinton L. White 1992-1999 Joseph Serna (died in office)
1910-1912 Marshall R. Beard 1999-2000 Jimmy Yee (interim)
1912-1915 Michael J. Burke, President 2000-2008 Heather Fargo
1915-1916  Gustavaus C. Simmons, President 2008-2016 Kevin Johnson
    2016-current Darrell Steinberg

* City and County government merged from 1858-1863


Sacramento County Government Facts

  1. Chartered by the State of California on February 18, 1850, six months before official statehood
  2. City and County government merged from 1858-1863
  3. County courthouse serves as the state capitol from 1854 until the current capitol building in completed in 1869.

Sacramento Trivia

  1. Paul Revere warned Boston that the British were coming, what did his grandson do for Sacramento?
    The first to raise the American flag over Sutter's Fort in 1847.
  2. In 1853, where was Hoboken in Sacramento?
    California State University, Sacramento
  3. What Kentucky Derby winner was from Sacramento?
    Ben Ali, 1886
  4. Who is the only California governor from Sacramento?
    Hiram Johnson
  5. Who was the first president to visit Sacramento?
    Ulysses S. Grant, 1879
  6. What American Founding Father's son is buried in the City Cemetery?
    William Stephen Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton
  7. Buster Keaton and Will Rogers each filmed a movie classic in Sacramento. What were they?
    Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) and Steamboat ‘Round the Bend (1935)
  8. A hamburger drive-in by the name of McDonald's opened in Sacramento in 1955. Where?
    The area's first McDonald's, and the national chain's 47th, was located at 5425 Fruitridge Road.
  9. What was Sacramento's first shopping center?
    Town and Country Village
  10. What was the last movie shown at the Alhambra Theater before it was torn down on September 4, 1972?
    A double feature: A Man for All Seasons and Nicholas and Alexandra