|21st Governor of Alta California|
January 1836 – April 1836
|Preceded by||José Castro|
|Succeeded by||Mariano Chico|
|23rd Governor of Alta California|
July 1836 – November 1836
|Preceded by||Mariano Chico|
|Succeeded by||Juan Bautista Alvarado|
Lieutenant Colonel Nicolás Gutiérrez was a twice acting governor of Alta California in 1836 from January to May and July to November. He was the last governor of the Mexican territory of California before the Diputación (Legislature) declared independence, then later rejoined as a Mexican state.
Gutierrez served two abbreviated terms in less than a year as acting governor of Alta California in 1836. His first term beginning on January 2, 1836, he served as governor ad interim until the arrival of Mariano Chico whom he preceded and subsequently succeeded after Chico's summary dismissal for abandoning his post.
Gutierrez himself was ousted by a revolt led by Juan Bautista Alvarado and assisted by a group of foreigners led by Isaac Graham, on November 5, 1836. The battle was short and surrender was secured after the firing of just one artillery round at the governor's residence. Gutierrez and his cadre of officers were detained at Cabo San Lucas on the English brig Clementine on November 11, 1836 before returning to Mexico.
- Killea, Lucy Lytle (October 1966). "The Political History of a Mexican Pueblo San Diego from 1825 to 1845—Part II". The Journal of San Diego History. 12 (4). Retrieved 2 December 2010.