Isaac Smith Kalloch

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Isaac Smith Kalloch
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18th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
December 1, 1879 – December 4, 1881
Preceded byAndrew Jackson Bryant
Succeeded byMaurice Carey Blake
Personal details
BornJuly 10, 1832
Rockland, Maine
DiedDecember 9, 1887(1887-12-09) (aged 55)
Bellingham, Washington

Isaac Smith Kalloch (July 10, 1832 – December 9, 1887) was the 18th Mayor of San Francisco serving from December 1, 1879, to December 4, 1881. He was born at Rockland, Maine and was a native of Maine. Kalloch was a Baptist minister and came to California in 1875 looking to spread the Baptist faith.

In 1878, Kalloch became one of the major religious leaders of San Francisco to endorse the Workingmen's Party of California. This endorsement brought himself increased fame as "workingmen flocked to his church" and his "halls were packed as never before." Because of his popular role in the San Francisco community, in 1879, the Workingmen's Party of California helped him run for Mayor of San Francisco. Kalloch's involvement in the Workingmen's Party of California has been attributed to the party looking to fulfill both the party's and its membership's spiritual needs.[1]

During Isaac Kalloch's campaign for mayor, he came under attack from the San Francisco Chronicle's editor-in-chief, Charles de Young, who was backing another candidate.[2] DeYoung, with the hopes of taking Kalloch out of the mayoral race, accused the minister of having an affair. Kalloch responded by accusing Charles' mother, Amelia, of running a brothel. In response, Charles DeYoung ambushed Kalloch in the streets of San Francisco and shot him twice. Kalloch survived the wounds and with the sympathy of voters was elected the 18th Mayor of San Francisco. He served from 1879 until 1881. On April 23, 1880, Kalloch's son, Isaac Milton Kalloch, entered the Chronicle building and shot and killed Charles DeYoung. After his time in office, Kalloch left San Francisco and moved to the Washington Territory. He died of diabetes in Bellingham, Washington,[3] aged 55.


  1. ^ Shumsky, Neil L. (1976). "San Francisco's Workingmen Respond to the Modern City". California Historical Quarterly. 55 (1): 46–57. doi:10.2307/25157608. ISSN 0097-6059. JSTOR 25157608.
  2. ^ Isaac Smith Kalloch (1832–1887) – Find A Grave Memorial
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Kaan to Kandlik