|Governor of Alta California|
|President||Antonio López de Santa Anna|
|Preceded by||Juan Bautista Alvarado|
|Succeeded by||Pío Pico|
|Died||September 7, 1853|
José Manuel Micheltorena (1802 – 7 September 1853) was a brigadier general of the Mexican Army, adjutant-general of the same, governor, commandant-general and inspector of the department of California. He received this appointment by the President of Mexico, Antonio López de Santa Anna and served from 30 December 1842, until his ouster in 1845.
Micheltorena was instrumental in the privatisation of California land. With loyalties firmly seated in Mexico City, he faced criticism, opposition and eventually war from the Californios.
He led a rag-tag team of soldiers comprising criminals of lower-class mixed ancestry, who were derisively referred to as cholos. They were insufficient to sustain him in the 1845 Battle of Providencia against Juan Bautista Alvarado.
- Irvine, Leigh H. (1905). "vol. I, chap. III". A History Of The New California - Its Resources And People. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company. OCLC 35952214. Retrieved 2007-01-04.