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Washington Bartlett
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16th Governor of California
In office
January 8, 1887 – September 12, 1887
Lieutenant Robert Waterman
Preceded by George Stoneman
Succeeded by Robert Waterman
20th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
January 8, 1883 – January 2, 1887
Preceded by Maurice Carey Blake
Succeeded by Edward B. Pond
Personal details
Born (1824-02-29)February 29, 1824
Savannah, Georgia
Died September 12, 1887(1887-09-12) (aged 63)
Oakland, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Profession Printer, politician
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Washington Montgomery Bartlett (February 29, 1824 – September 12, 1887) was an American politician who served as the 16th governor of California from January 1887 until his death in September of that year, as well as the 20th mayor of San Francisco from 1883 to 1887. He was the first Jewish governor of any U.S. state and – to date – the only Jewish governor of California. Bartlett converted to Congregationalism upon his death bed and was buried as a Christian.


Bartlett was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1824, the son of Sarah E. Melhado and Cosam Emir Bartlett. His mother was Sephardic. Unlike the second elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander of Idaho, Bartlett was not particularly religious and did not participate in Jewish observances while in California: His funeral was conducted at the Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

He was a lifelong bachelor and a printer by trade. During his lifetime Bartlett was a San Francisco newspaper publisher, San Francisco County Clerk, lawyer, state senator, mayor, and finally a governor.

Bartlett's term as governor started and ended in 1887 when he died in office of Bright's disease nine months into his term. His inaugural address after being elected as governor was presented on 8 January 1887.

Bartlett is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California.

Political offices
Preceded by
George Stoneman
Governor of California
Succeeded by
Robert Waterman
Preceded by
Maurice Carey Blake
Mayor of San Francisco
Succeeded by
Edward B. Pond
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