John W. Geary
John White Geary (December 30, 1819 – February 8, 1873) was an American lawyer, politician, Freemason, and a Union general in the American Civil War. He was the first mayor of San Francisco. He was the 3rd Governor of the Kansas Territory. He was also the 16th Governor of Pennsylvania.
John W. Geary
|16th Governor of Pennsylvania|
January 15, 1867 – January 21, 1873
|Preceded by||Andrew Gregg Curtin|
|Succeeded by||John F. Hartranft|
|1st Mayor of San Francisco|
May 1, 1850 – May 4, 1851
|Preceded by||Postition established|
|Succeeded by||Charles James Brenham|
|3rd Territorial Governor of Kansas|
September 9, 1856 – March 20, 1857
|Preceded by||Wilson Shannon|
|Succeeded by||Robert J. Walker|
John White Geary
December 30, 1819
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
|Died||February 8, 1873 (aged 53)|
|Political party||Democrat; Republican|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Ann Logan (widowed); Mary Church Henderson|
|Profession||Teacher, Clerk, Land Speculator, Engineer, Soldier|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1846–1848, 1861–1865|
|Rank|| Brigadier General|
Brevet Major General
American Civil War
Geary was born near Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Today, it is close to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Geary became the first mayor of San Francisco. He is the youngest person to be mayor of San Francisco. President Franklin Pierce asked Geary to be the governor of the Utah Territory, but Geary said no.
President Franklin Pierce asked Geary to be Governor of the Kansas Territory, and Geary said yes. He became governor on July 31, 1856. Pro-slavery people did not like Geary. They wanted Daniel Woodson to be governor instead.
At first, he did not get along with anti-slavery people in Kansas. This changed. He became friends with Charles Robinson and Samuel Pomeroy. He believed pro-slavery people were the cause of the violence in Kansas.
- "Daily Alta California" (Volume 1, Number 51). 27 February 1850. p. 4. Retrieved 24 August 2014.