William T. Jeter

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William T. Jeter, California Lieutenant Governor.

William Thomas Jeter (October 19, 1850 – May 15, 1930) was an American Democratic politician. he served as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of California.

He was born in Menard County, Illinois, the third son and eighth child of William Griffin Jeter and Elizabeth McCutchen Berry. He was raised in Illinois and Missouri, worked on his family's farms, and moved to California in the early 1870s.

Jeter studied at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, attained admission to the bar, and practiced in Santa Cruz.

Active in politics as a Democrat, in 1882 he became chairman of the Santa Cruz County Democratic Committee. In 1884 he was elected county district attorney, and he won reelection twice. He later served as a member of the Santa Cruz City Council. He served as Mayor of Santa Cruz California from 1892 to 1894. In 1894 he was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, and lost to Spencer G. Millard. At the top of the ticket, Democrat James Budd narrowly defeated Republican Morris M. Estee for Governor.

In October 1895, Millard died. Budd appointed Jeter to complete Millard's term as Lieutenant Governor. Jeter served from October 25, 1895 to January 3, 1899. For many years, Jeter was president of the Santa Cruz County National Bank and the Santa Cruz County Bank of Savings and Loan.

William T. Jeter died in Santa Cruz on May 15, 1930. He was interred at Santa Cruz Memorial Park in Santa Cruz.

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Political offices
Preceded by
G. Bowman
Mayor of Santa Cruz
1892–1894
Succeeded by
Robert Effey
Preceded by
Spencer G. Millard
Lieutenant Governor of California
1895–1899
Succeeded by
Jacob H. Neff