Peter Hardeman Burnett

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Peter Hardeman Burnett
1st Governor of California
In office
December 20, 1849 – January 9, 1851
LieutenantJohn McDougall
Preceded byBennet C. Riley
Succeeded byJohn McDougall
5th Supreme Judge of the Provisional Government of Oregon
In office
September 6, 1845 – December 29, 1846
Preceded byJames Nesmith
Succeeded byJesse Quinn Thornton
Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
In office
January 13, 1857 – October 12, 1857
Appointed byGovernor J. Neely Johnson
Preceded bySolomon Heydenfeldt
Succeeded byStephen J. Field
Personal details
Born(1807-11-15)November 15, 1807
Nashville, Tennessee
DiedMay 17, 1895(1895-05-17) (aged 87)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Harriet Rogers
ProfessionAuthor, lawyer, politician, failed general store owner, failed saw mill owner, failed farmer and failed distiller

Peter Hardeman Burnett (November 15, 1807 – May 17, 1895) was an American politician. He was the first Governor of California, Burnett was also a white supremacist.[1] He tried to ban black people from California and supported genocide of the state's indigenous peoples.[1] He was Governor from December 20, 1849 to January 9, 1851. He was also the first California Governor to resign.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "White Supremacist In Chief". Gold Chains: The Hidden History of Slavery in California. ACLU of Northern CA. Retrieved 2020-11-15.

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