José de Jesús Noé

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José de Jesús Noé (1805 in Puebla, Mexico – 17 March 1862 in San Francisco) served twice as alcalde of Yerba Buena. He was elected to a one-year term in 1842, becoming the 7th alcalde of Yerba Buena under Mexican rule.

In 1845, Noe was granted the land known as Rancho San Miguel, which covered the neighborhoods now known as Noe Valley, Eureka Valley, Fairmont Heights, Glen Park and Sunnyside.

Following US military occupation of Yerba Buena in the Mexican–American War, Noé became alcalde again in 1846, becoming the last man born in Mexico to serve in that office (the office of alcalde was abolished with adoption of the California Constitution in 1949). Noé was appointed alcalde by US Navy Commodore Robert F. Stockton, under his authority as military governor of the occupied territory. Also appointed alcalde, and serving concurrently with Noé, was Navy Lt. Washington Allon Bartlett. As a military officer, Bartlett was a direct representative of the military governor, functionally similar to the office of prefect in the Mexican system. One of the last acts of the Noé/Bartlett year was to rename Yerba Buena to its current name, San Francisco.[1]

Following his death in 1862, Noé was interred at Mission San Francisco de Asís.


  1. ^ Grivas, p.92–93


  • Theodore Grivas (1963). Military governments in California, 1846-1850; with a chapter on their prior use in Louisiana, Florida, and New Mexico. Glendale, Calif: A.H. Clark Co.
  • Mae Silver (2001), Rancho San Miguel: A San Francisco neighborhood history, Ord Street Press