List of Governors of California by age

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This is a list of California Governors by age.

The youngest person to become Governor was J. Neely Johnson (30 years, 160 days). The oldest person to become Governor is Jerry Brown on January 3, 2011, who became Governor at 72 years, 271 days old. Brown had previously been the sixth-youngest person to become Governor in 1975, and the youngest since the 1860s, at 36 years, 275 days old (his third term began 28 years to the day after his second term expired). The median age of accession is roughly 48 years, which falls between John Bigler (19th youngest) and William Irwin (20th).

The youngest living former Governor is Arnold Schwarzenegger, born July 30, 1947 (aged 67 years, 278 days), followed by Gray Davis, born December 26, 1942 (aged 72 years, 129 days). Incumbent Governor Jerry Brown, born April 7, 1938 (aged 77 years, 27 days) is the median age of living Governors. The oldest living former governor is George Deukmejian, born June 6, 1928 (aged 86 years, 332 days). Pete Wilson is the second-oldest, five years younger than Deukmejian. Wilson was born August 23, 1933 (aged 81 years, 254 days).

The shortest-lived governor was J. Neely Johnson, who died at the age of 47 years, 29 days. The longest-lived governor was Ronald Reagan, who died at the age of 93 years and 120 days (Reagan was also the longest-lived U.S. president at the time of his death, but Gerald Ford has since surpassed his record by 45 days). Pat Brown was the second longest-lived, almost 3 years short of Reagan. The oldest living governor, George Deukmejian, will tie Brown if he lives to April 3, 2019, and tie Reagan if he lives to October 4, 2021. The second oldest living governor, Pete Wilson, will tie Brown if he lives to June 19, 2024, and tie Reagan if he lives to December 21, 2026.

# by age Governor
# in office
Date of birth
Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Age at end
of term
Date of death
Length of
retirement
Lifespan
1 Johnson, J. NeelyJ. Neely Johnson 4 August 2, 1825 January 9, 1856 30 years, 160 days January 8, 1858 32 years, 159 days August 31, 1872 14 years, 236 days 47 years, 29 days
2 Downey, John G.John G. Downey 7 June 24, 1827 January 14, 1860 32 years, 204 days January 10, 1862 34 years, 200 days March 1, 1894 32 years, 50 days 66 years, 250 days
3 Latham, MiltonMilton Latham 6 May 23, 1827 January 9, 1860 32 years, 231 days January 14, 1860 32 years, 236 days March 4, 1882 22 years, 49 days 54 years, 285 days
4 McDougall, JohnJohn McDougall 2 January 1, 1818[1] January 9, 1851 33 years, 8 days January 8, 1852 34 years, 7 days March 30, 1866 14 years, 81 days 48 years, 88 days
5 Low, FrederickFrederick Low 9 June 30, 1828 December 10, 1863 35 years, 163 days December 5, 1867 39 years, 158 days July 21, 1894 26 years, 228 days 66 years, 21 days
6 Brown, Jr., Edmund G. "Jerry"Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. 34 April 7, 1938 January 7, 1975 36 years, 275 days January 3, 1983 44 years, 271 days 28 years, 0 days[2] 77 years, 27 days
7 Stanford, LelandLeland Stanford 8 March 9, 1824 January 10, 1862 37 years, 307 days December 10, 1863 39 years, 276 days June 21, 1893 29 years, 193 days 69 years, 104 days
8 Perkins, George C.George C. Perkins 14 August 23, 1839 January 8, 1880 40 years, 138 days January 10, 1883 43 years, 140 days February 26, 1923 40 years, 47 days 83 years, 187 days
9 Burnett, Peter H.Peter H. Burnett 1 November 15, 1807 December 20, 1849 42 years, 35 days January 9, 1851 44 years, 128 days May 17, 1895 43 years, 55 days 87 years, 183 days
10 Haight, Henry H.Henry H. Haight 10 May 20, 1825 December 5, 1867 42 years, 199 days December 8, 1871 46 years, 202 days September 2, 1878 6 years, 268 days 53 years, 105 days
11 Pacheco, RomualdoRomualdo Pacheco 12 October 31, 1831 February 27, 1875 43 years, 119 days December 9, 1875 44 years, 39 days January 23, 1899 23 years, 45 days 67 years, 84 days
12 Budd, JamesJames Budd 19 May 18, 1851 January 11, 1895 43 years, 238 days January 4, 1899 47 years, 231 days July 30, 1908 9 years, 208 days 57 years, 73 days
13 Johnson, HiramHiram Johnson 23 September 2, 1866 January 3, 1911 44 years, 123 days March 15, 1917 50 years, 194 days August 6, 1945 28 years, 144 days 78 years, 338 days
14 Pardee, GeorgeGeorge Pardee 21 July 25, 1857 January 7, 1903 45 years, 166 days January 9, 1907 49 years, 168 days September 1, 1941 34 years, 235 days 84 years, 38 days
15 Weller, John B.John B. Weller 5 February 22, 1812 January 8, 1858 45 years, 320 days January 9, 1860 47 years, 321 days August 17, 1875 15 years, 220 days 63 years, 176 days
16 Booth, NewtonNewton Booth 11 December 30, 1825 December 8, 1871 45 years, 343 days February 27, 1875 49 years, 59 days July 14, 1892 17 years, 138 days 66 years, 197 days
17 Gage, HenryHenry Gage 20 December 25, 1852 January 4, 1899 46 years, 10 days January 7, 1903 50 years, 13 days August 28, 1924 21 years, 234 days 71 years, 247 days
18 Gillett, JamesJames Gillett 22 September 20, 1860 January 9, 1907 46 years, 111 days January 3, 1911 50 years, 105 days April 20, 1937 26 years, 107 days 76 years, 212 days
19 Bigler, JohnJohn Bigler 3 January 8, 1805 January 8, 1852 47 years, 0 days January 9, 1856 51 year, 1 day November 29, 1871 15 years, 324 days 66 years, 325 days
20 Irwin, WilliamWilliam Irwin 13 January 1, 1827[3] December 9, 1875 48 years, 342 days January 8, 1880 53 years, 7 days March 15, 1886 6 years, 66 days 59 years, 73 days
21 Markham, HenryHenry Markham 18 November 16, 1840 January 8, 1891 50 years, 53 days January 11, 1895 54 years, 56 days October 9, 1923 28 years, 271 days 82 years, 327 days
22 Warren, EarlEarl Warren 30 March 19, 1891 January 4, 1943 51 years, 291 days October 5, 1953 62 years, 200 days July 9, 1974 20 years, 277 days 83 years, 112 days
23 Brown, Sr., Edmund G. "Pat"Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr. 32 April 21, 1905 January 5, 1959 53 years, 259 days January 2, 1967 61 years, 256 days February 16, 1996 29 years, 45 days 90 years, 301 days
24 Deukmejian, GeorgeGeorge Deukmejian 35 June 6, 1928 January 3, 1983 54 years, 211 days January 7, 1991 62 years, 215 days 24 years, 117 days 86 years, 332 days
25 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan 33 February 6, 1911 January 2, 1967 55 years, 330 days January 7, 1975 63 years, 335 days June 5, 2004 29 years, 150 days 93 years, 120 days
26 Davis, GrayGray Davis 37 December 26, 1942 January 4, 1999 56 years, 9 days November 17, 2003 60 years, 326 days 11 years, 168 days 72 years, 129 days
27 Schwarzenegger, ArnoldArnold Schwarzenegger 38 July 30, 1947 November 17, 2003 56 years, 110 days January 3, 2011 63 years, 157 days 4 years, 121 days 67 years, 278 days
28 Knight, GoodwinGoodwin Knight 31 December 9, 1896 October 5, 1953 56 years, 300 days January 5, 1959 62 years, 27 days May 22, 1970 11 years, 137 days 73 years, 164 days
29 Richardson, FriendFriend Richardson 25 December 1, 1865 January 9, 1923 57 years, 39 days January 4, 1927 61 years, 34 days September 6, 1943 16 years, 245 days 77 years, 279 days
30 Stephens, WilliamWilliam Stephens 24 December 26, 1859 March 15, 1917 57 years, 79 days January 8, 1923 63 years, 13 days April 25, 1944 21 years, 108 days 84 years, 121 days
31 Wilson, PetePete Wilson 36 August 23, 1933 January 7, 1991 57 years, 137 days January 4, 1999 65 years, 134 days 16 years, 120 days 81 years, 254 days
32 Young, C. C.C. C. Young 26 April 28, 1869 January 4, 1927 57 years, 251 days January 6, 1931 61 years, 253 days December 24, 1947 16 years, 352 days 78 years, 240 days
33 Stoneman, GeorgeGeorge Stoneman 15 August 8, 1822 January 10, 1883 60 years, 155 days January 8, 1887 64 years, 153 days September 5, 1894 7 years, 240 days 72 years, 28 days
34 Waterman, RobertRobert Waterman 17 December 15, 1826 September 12, 1887 60 years, 271 days January 8, 1891 64 years, 24 days April 12, 1891 94 days 64 years, 118 days
35 Rolph, JamesJames Rolph 27 August 23, 1869 January 6, 1931 61 years, 136 days June 2, 1934 64 years, 283 days June 2, 1934 0 days 64 years, 283 days
36 Olson, CulbertCulbert Olson 29 November 7, 1876 January 2, 1939 62 years, 56 days January 4, 1943 66 years, 58 days April 13, 1962 19 years, 99 days 85 years, 157 days
37 Bartlett, WashingtonWashington Bartlett 16 February 29, 1824 January 8, 1887 62 years, 313 days September 12, 1887 63 years, 195 days September 12, 1887 0 days 63 years, 195 days
38 Merriam, FrankFrank Merriam 28 December 22, 1865 June 2, 1934 68 years, 162 days January 2, 1939 73 years, 11 days April 25, 1955 16 years, 113 days 89 years, 124 days
39 Brown, Jr., Edmund G. "Jerry"Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. 39 April 7, 1938 January 3, 2011 72 years, 271 days 77 years, 27 days
# by age Governor
# in office
Date of birth
Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Age at end
of term
Date of death
Length of
retirement
Lifespan

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McDougall was born in 1818, but his exact birthdate is unknown. All calculations here are made from January 1, 1818.
  2. ^ Brown's retirement stopped 28 years to the day he left office because he returned for a third (non-consecutive) term as Governor.
  3. ^ Irwin was born in 1827, but his exact birthdate is unknown. All calculations here are made from January 1, 1827.

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