Samuel Purdy

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Samuel Purdy
3rd Lieutenant Governor of California
In office
January 8, 1852 – January 9, 1856
GovernorJohn Bigler
Preceded byDavid C. Broderick
as Acting Lieutenant Governor
Succeeded byRobert M. Anderson
Personal details
New York City, New York
Died(1882-02-17)February 17, 1882 (aged 64)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenErastus Sparrow Purdy, Samuel Purdy, Jr.
Professionarchitect, politician

Samuel Purdy (1819 – February 17, 1882)[1][2] was the third Lieutenant Governor of California, 1852-1856. He ran for office as a Democrat.[3] He also became the first mayor of Stockton, California, in 1851.[4]

Purdy was born in New York City in 1819. He was educated as an architect and moved west later in life, arriving in California in 1849. Following his tenure as Lieutenant-Governor, Purdy continued to hold various public offices in California, at both the state level and locally, including Inspector of Revenue for the state and Superintendent of Construction in San Francisco.[1]

Purdy was married and had several children, though he was a widower at the time of his death. One of his sons was General Erastus Sparrow Purdy, who died in Cairo in 1881. Samuel Purdy died on February 17, 1882 in San Francisco.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Sketch of an Esteemed and Eminent California Pioneer". Daily Alta California. California. 18 February 1882.
  2. ^ Governmental Roster: State and County Governments of California, Executive, Judicial and Legislative Departments. California: J.D. Young, Supt. State Printing. 1889. p. 129.
  3. ^ Hittell, Theodore Henry (1898). History of California, Vol. IV, pp. 81-82, 135. San Francisco: N.J. Stone & Company.
  4. ^ Hutchings, J. M. (1875). Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California, p. 34. New York and San Francisco: A. Roman and Company.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David C. Broderick
Acting Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by
Robert M. Anderson