John McDougall

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See also: John McDougall (VC).

John McDougall (or McDougal) (January 1, 1818March 30, 1866) was Governor of California from January 9, 1851 until January 8, 1852.

Born in Ohio in 1818, McDougall came to California as a gold miner. When, as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1849 he was nominated Lieutenant Governor, he said, "I reckon I'll take that. I don't believe anyone else will have it." Despite this less than enthusiastic entrance into politics, McDougall succeeded to the office of Governor. During his term, he issued so many proclamations beginning "I, John McDougall", that he was soon known throughout the state as "I John". McDougall opposed legislation that would outlaw dueling. He stated that those who dueled weren't fit to live and that by allowing them to continue to duel they would eventually kill each other off. Interestingly enough, after his term McDougall wounded a newspaper editor in one duel and was arrested still later when about to begin another.

This article contains material that originally came from a California state government website. All information from the State of California is in the public domain.

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Governors of California Succeeded by:
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