Frank S. Gaines

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Frank S. Gaines (1890–1977) was the Mayor of Berkeley, California from 1939 to 1943.

Gaines was noted for his involvement in the Berkeley-based Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play, a group which addressed the plight of Japanese Americans during World War II. The group's honorary chairman was Robert Gordon Sproul, president of the University of California.

Gaines married his wife Louise in 1923; they had three children.

Frank Gaines was born March 6, 1890 in Biggs, California, and died March 3, 1977 in Sacramento. He was buried in Biggs. Frank Gaines mother was Nettie Stewart Gaines who came to California in 1883. His father was Francis Albert Gaines. His mother wrote a book published in 1910, "The Pathway of Western Literature" which was used in many California Public Schools. Mayor Gaines' oldest son, William Stewart Gaines, could claim to be a British subject when he reached his 18th birthday because he was born in London in 1924. Mayor Gaines brother Clarence was connected with the Redding office of the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. His Uncle Edward C. Stewart was President of the Union Safe Deposit Bank in Stockton, Ca. (3)


  • Berkeley Independent and Gazette, March 5, 1977
  • Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata's Art of the Internment By Chiura Obata, Kimi Kodani Hill

(3) Stockton Record, March, 1941