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PACHECO, Romualdo (1831-1899)

PACHECO, ROMUALDO, a Representative from California; born in Santa Barbara, Calif., October 31, 1831; was instructed by private tutors; engaged in nautical pursuits and subsequently in agriculture; member of the State senate in 1851 and again in 1861; member of the State assembly 1853-1855 and 1868-1870; county judge 1855-1859; State treasurer 1863-1866; Lieutenant Governor 1871-1875, and became Governor when Governor Booth was elected to the United States Senate in 1875; presented credentials as a Republican Member-elect to the Forty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1877, to February 7, 1878, when he was succeeded by Peter D. Wigginton, who contested his election; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-seventh Congress); appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Central American States December 11, 1890, to Honduras and Guatemala July 1, 1891, and served to June 21, 1893; died in Oakland, Calif., January 23, 1899; interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1851, 1 page.
An indenture between George W. Bellomy, administrator on the estate of Thomas B. Park, and Rafael Villa written on January 13, 1851. The indenture also contains an agreement regarding the care of cattle at San Simeon, signed by Bellomy, Villa and Romualdo Pacheco.

Papers: 1867, 1 page.
A power of attorney from Romualdo Pacheco to Robert Watt created on December 7, 1867.

Papers: In the MalarĂ­n Family Papers, 1784-1883, 1 portfolio.
Correspondents include Romualdo Pacheco. The portfolio is also available on microfilm.

Papers: In the Murray Family Letters, 1843-1889, 0.75 linear foot.
Other topics discussed include reflections on the Civil War and comments on Romulado Pacheco.

  • Conmy, Peter Thomas. Romualdo Pacheco: Distinguished Californian of the Mexican and American Periods. San Francisco: Grand Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West, 1957.
  • Genini, Ronald, and Richard Hitchman. Romualdo Pacheco: A Californian in Two Eras. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1985.
  • Nicholson, Loren. Romualdo Pacheco's California!: The Mexican-American Who Won. San Luis Obispo: California Heritage Publishing Associates, 1990.
  • Pacheco, Romualdo. The Nation's Dead. Celebration of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 29, 1875, by the Grand Army of the Republic. Orations by Gov. Pacheco and Rev. Dr. [Frank F.] Jewell. San Francisco: Alta California Book and Job Printing House, 1875.
  • Ramirez, Anthony, Jr. Romualdo Pacheco, Governor of California. San Francisco: San Francisco Press, 1974.
  • "Romualdo Pacheco" in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1995.
  • Wigginton, Peter Dinwiddie. Contestant's Brief and Argument in the Case of Wigginton Vs. Pacheco. Washington: R.O. Polkinhorn, printer, 1877.