Antonio F. Coronel

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Antonio F. Coronel
Portret Antonio Coronela.jpg
8th California State Treasurer
In office
1867–1871
GovernorHenry H. Haight
Preceded byRomualdo Pacheco
Succeeded byFerdinand Baehr
4th Mayor of Los Angeles
In office
May 3, 1853 – May 4, 1854
Preceded byJohn G. Nichols
Succeeded byStephen Clark Foster
1st Los Angeles County Assessor
In office
1850–1856
Succeeded byJuan María Sepúlveda
Personal details
BornOctober 21, 1817
Mexico City, Viceroyalty of New Spain
DiedApril 17, 1894 (1894-04-18) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s)Mariana W. de Coronel

Don Antonio Francisco Coronel (October 21, 1817 – April 17, 1894) was a Californio politician and ranchero who was Mayor of Los Angeles and California State Treasurer. Coronel was considered one of the first preservationists in Los Angeles,[1] and his private collection formed the basis of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.[2]

Career[edit]

Portrait of Coronel and his wife, Mariana W. de Coronel, published in Overland Monthly, 1895

Antonio Francisco Coronel was the son of Ygnacio Coronel, born in Mexico City in the last years of colonial New Spain. Coronel was 17 years of age when he came to Alta California with his parents in 1834, as a part of the Híjar-Padrés Colony.[3]

In 1838, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Tribunals for the Pueblo de Los Ángeles. In 1843, he became Justice of the Peace (Juez de Paz, the equivalent of Mayor at that time). During the Mexican–American War in 1846–47, Antonio was a captain and sergeant-at-arms in the Mexican artillery and took part in military operations against the United States.

Once the war had ended, Antonio Coronel was the first Los Angeles County Assessor from 1850 to 1856. In 1853, Coronel became Mayor of Los Angeles. Coronel was a ward councilman on the Los Angeles Common Council (1854–1867)[4]

He was the California State Treasurer from 1867 to 1871. In 1873, Coronel married Mariana Williamson.[5]

His donated collection made the basis for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.[6] Antonio Coronel became the owner of Rancho Los Feliz.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Mariana W. de Coronel.

His brother, Manuel F. Coronel, was the first Zanjero of Los Angeles. He had a sister, Maria Antonio Coronel, who married Alexis Godey in 1863.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LA Magazine - Becoming Los Angeles
  2. ^ Antonio de Coronel
  3. ^ genealogy.com Jose Ygnacio Franco Coronel
  4. ^ Chronological Record of Los Angeles City Officials: 1850–1938, Compiled under Direction of Municipal Reference Library City Hall, Los Angeles March 1938 (Reprinted 1966)
  5. ^ Schmal, John P. The Four Latino Mayors of Los Angeles Archived 2007-09-01 at the Wayback Machine HispanicVista, May 23, 2005
  6. ^ Antonio de Coronel
  7. ^ Antonio Coronel
  8. ^ Alexis Godey, by Walt Wheelock, June 1965


Political offices
Preceded by
State Treasurer of California
1867–1871
Succeeded by