List of pre-statehood mayors of Los Angeles, California

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Listing of the mayors of the Pueblo de Los Angeles and Los Angeles from 1781 to 1850, before the admission of California to statehood in the United States.

Spanish Colonial era - 1781–1821[edit]

The office of Alcalde-Mayor of the El Pueblo de la Reina de los Ángeles in the Las Californias [1786–1804] and Alta California [1804–1822] territories of the Commandancy General of the Provincias Internas in the Castilian (Spanish) Viceroyalty of New Spain.

The Alcalde was elected annually, without the right to reelection for two years. With the incomplete nature of records from the Spanish colonial period of Los Angeles, only the first year of 1781 is certain. [1][2]
Name Tenure Title
Jose Vicente Feliz 1781–1786 Comisionado (area military commissioner), acted as Chief Public Official.
Jose Vanegas 1786–1788 Alcalde
Jose Sinova 1789 Alcalde[3]
Francisco Reyes 1790 Alcalde (removed from office for gambling in July)[4]
Mariano Verdugo 1790–1791 Alcalde (elected July 1790, reelected January 1791)[5]
Jose Vanegas (2nd) 1792 Alcalde (tenure uncertain)[6]
Francisco Reyes (2nd) 1793–1795 Alcalde
José Vanegas (3rd) 1796 Alcalde
Juan Manuel Ramírez Arellano (Arellanes) 1797 Alcalde[7]
Guillermo Soto 1798 Alcalde[8]
Francisco Serrano 1799 Alcalde
Joaquin Higuera 1800–1801 Alcalde
Mariano Verdugo (2nd) 1802–1808 Alcalde[9]
Guillermo Soto (2nd) 1809 Alcalde[10]
Francisco Avila 1810 Alcalde
Manuel Gutierrez 1811–1812 Alcalde
Guillermo Soto (3rd) 1812–1815 Comisionado, assumed responsibilities of Alcalde
Antonio Maria Lugo 1816 Alcalde[11]
José Polanco 1817 Alcalde[12]
Anastasio Avila 1819–1821 Alcalde

Mexican Colonial era - 1822 to 1848[edit]

The office of Alcalde-Mayor of the Pueblo de Los Angeles in the Alta California territory of Independent Mexico [1821–1848].

Name Tenure Title
Manuel Gutierrez (2nd) 1821–1824 Alcalde
Guillermo Cota 1824 Alcalde
Encarnacion Urquides 1824 Alcalde
José Maria Avila 1825 Alcalde
José Antonio Carrillo 1826 Alcalde
Claudio Lopez 1826–1827 Alcalde
Guillermo Cota (2nd) 1827–1828 Alcalde
José Antonio Carrillo (2nd) 1828–1829 Alcalde
Guillermo Cota (4th) 1829–1830 Alcalde
Tiburcio Tapia 1830–1831 Alcalde
Vicente Sanchez 1831–1832 Alcalde
Manuel Dominguez 1832–1833 Alcalde
José Antonio Carrillo (3rd) 1833–1834 Alcalde
José Perez 1834–1835 Alcalde
Francisco Javier Alvarado 1835–1836 Alcalde
Manuel Requena 1836–1837 Alcalde
Jose Loreto Sepulveda 1837 Alcalde
Luis Arenas 1838–1839 Alcalde
Tiburcio Tapia (2nd) and Jose Loreto Sepulveda (2nd) 1839–1840 First and Second Alcalde
Ygnacio Palomares and Ygnacio Alvarado 1841 Justices of Peace
Manuel Dominguez (2nd) and Jose Loreto Sepulveda (3rd) 1842 Justices of Peace
Manuel Dominguez (2nd) and Antonio F. Coronel 1843 Justices of Peace
Manuel Requena (2nd) and Tiburcio Tapia (3rd) 1844 First and Second Alcalde
Vicente Sanchez (2nd) and Juan Capistrano Sepulveda 1845 First and Second Alcalde
Juan Gallardo and Jose Loreto Sepulveda (4th) 1846 First and Second Alcalde
Jose Salazar and Enrique Avila 1847 First and Second Alcalde
Ygnacio Palomares (2nd) and Jose Loreto Sepulveda (5th) 1848 First and Second Alcalde

American Territorial era - 1848 to 1850[edit]

The office of Mayor of the town of Los Angeles in the U.S. Executive Department of California [1848–1850].

Name Tenure Title
Stephen Clark Foster 1848–1850 Mayor



See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caughey, John and LaRee Caughey. Los Angeles: Biography of a City. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1977. 74. ISBN 0-520-03410-4
  2. ^ "Alcalde" and "Ayuntamiento" in Pitt, Leonard and Dale PItt. Los Angeles A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the City and County. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997. 11 and 33. ISBN 0-520-20274-0
  3. ^ Mason, William M. Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag: Spain's New World. Burbank: Southern California Genealogical Society, 2004, 23. ISBN 0-9617773-3-8
  4. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 25.
  5. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 25, 27.
  6. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 32.
  7. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 32.
  8. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 34.
  9. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 37.
  10. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 44-45.
  11. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 58.
  12. ^ Mason, Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag, 58.