Maurice Carey Blake

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Maurice Carey Blake
19th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
December 5, 1881 – January 7, 1883
Preceded byIsaac Smith Kalloch
Succeeded byWashington Bartlett
Personal details
Born(1815-10-20)October 20, 1815
Otisville, Maine
DiedSeptember 26, 1897(1897-09-26) (aged 81)
San Francisco
Political partyRepublican

Maurice Carey Blake (October 20, 1815 – September 26, 1897)[1] was the 19th Mayor of San Francisco, serving from December 5, 1881, to January 7, 1883.[2]

Blake was born on October 20, 1815, in Otisville, Maine.[3] After graduating from Bowdoin College, he came to San Francisco in 1853.[3] He became a lawyer in California and practiced law there. In 1857, he first became a county judge (which he served until 1862) and then a probate judge.[3] At the same time, in 1857, he served as a member of the California State Assembly until 1858.[3] In 1881, he became the Mayor of San Francisco and served for only two years.[4] Just one year after leaving office, he became a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884. Blake died of a heart attack in San Francisco on September 26, 1897. He is interred at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael, California.

His nephew's daughter, Anna Blake Mezquida, became a writer and journalist in San Francisco.[5]


  1. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Index to Politicians: Blaise to Blake". Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Mayor of San Francisco". NDDB. Soylent Communications. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Shuck, Oscar T. (1901). History of the Bench and Bar of California (PDF). The Commercial Printing House. p. 551. ISBN 978-1584777069.
  4. ^ Shuck, Oscar T. (1901). History of the Bench and Bar of California (PDF). The Commercial Printing House. p. 552. ISBN 978-1584777069.
  5. ^ Guide to the Anna Blake Mezquida Papers, 1788-1975 (bulk 1898-1965), Bancroft Library, Berkeley CA.