Alpheus P. Hodges

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Alpheus P. Hodges
1st Mayor of Los Angeles
In office
July 1, 1850 – May 7, 1851
Preceded by Stephen Clark Foster (pre-statehood)
Succeeded by Benjamin Davis Wilson
Personal details
Born 1821
Died July 29, 1858
Alexandria, Virginia

Alpheus P. Hodges (1821 – July 29, 1858) was the first Mayor of Los Angeles, California after the city was incorporated on April 4, 1850. However, he was preceded by Stephen C. Foster, who was the first mayor under American rule.


He was born in 1821.

Hodges was originally a physician, but served as both the mayor and Coroner of Los Angeles, California from 1850 to 1851. At that time, the population of the city was only 1,610. A native of Virginia, he became mayor of the new city at age 28. He served as mayor for only a year, that being the term of the office at that time.

He later returned to Virginia, and died in Alexandria at the home of his father on July 29, 1858. He was aged 36 years and ten months.[1]


  1. ^, citing obituary in the Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser, Friday, August 6, 1858, p.4, c.6.


  • Chronological Record of Los Angeles City Officials: 1850—1938, Compiled under Direction of Municipal Reference Library City Hall, Los Angeles March 1938 (Reprinted 1966)