This is a list of governors of California prior to admission as a US state in 1850. From 1769 to 1822, the area was a Spanish province in the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Upon Mexico's independence from Spain in 1822 until the US annexation in 1848, it was a federal territory of Mexico. It was then briefly an unorganized territory of the United States until statehood was approved by Congress on September 9, 1850 . For governors of the state, see List of Governors of California.
Spanish Military Lt. Governors of California Nueva, 1769-1777 
(see also Governor of Baja California and Governor of Baja California Sur for the Mexican States of Baja California and Baja California Sur)
American Military Governors of California, 1846-1849 
See also