name = James Rolph, Jr.
order = 27th
office = Governor of California
January 6, 1931
June 2, 1934
C. C. Young
order2 = 30th
office2 = Mayor of San Francisco
January 8, 1912
January 6, 1931
P. H. McCarthy
birth_date = birth date|1869|8|23|mf=y
San Francisco, California
death_date = death date and age|1934|6|2|1869|8|23
Santa Clara County, California
party = Republican
spouse = Annie Marshall Reid
James Rolph, Jr. (
August 23, 1869ndash June 2, 1934) was an American politicianand a member of the Republican Party. He was elected to a single term as the 27th Governor of Californiafrom January 6, 1931until his death on June 2, 1934at the height of the Great Depression. Previously, Rolph had been Mayor of San Franciscofrom January 8, 1912until his resignation to become governor. Rolph remains the longest serving mayor in San Franciscohistory.
James Rolph was born in San Francisco on
August 23, 1869. He had one younger brother. After attending school in the Mission District, he went to work as an office boy in a commission house. He entered the shipping business in 1900, by forming a partnership with George Hind. He would over the next decade, serve as president of two banks, one of which he helped establish.
Although he was asked to run for mayor in 1909, he chose to wait until 1911 to run for mayorndash a position that he would hold for eighteen years. As mayor, he was known as "Sunny Jim" and his theme song was "There Are Smiles that Make You Happy". In 1915 he appeared as himself in an early
documentary filmtitled " Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco", which was directed by and starred Fatty Arbuckle. In addition to his mayoral duties and overseeing his shipping interests, he directed the Ship Owners and Merchants Tugboat Company, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. He also was vice-president of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and president of the Merchants' Exchange. He resigned in 1931 to assume the office of Governor of California.
Rolph received considerable criticism for publicly praising the citizens of San Jose following the November 1933
lynchingof the confessed murderers of Brooke Hart, while promising to pardonanyone involved, thereby earning the nickname, "Governor Lynch".
After suffering several heart attacks, he died in Santa Clara County on June 2, 1934, three years into his term. He is interred at Greenlawn Memorial Park in
The official name of the
San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridgeis the James "Sunny Jim" Rolph Bridge. U.S. AmbassadorJoesph Wilson, husband to Valerie Plamefrom the Plame affair, is related to Governor Rolph. Rolph was Wilson's mother's uncle.
* [http://www.governor.ca.gov/govsite/govsgallery/h/biography/governor_27.html Biography from the State of California]
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/rollyson-romaldus.html#RHS0JWWJQ The Political Graveyard]
* [http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist1/rolph.html Biography from the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
James Rolph — James Sunny Jim Rolph, Jr. James Rolph, Jr. (23 août 1863 – 2 juin 1934) était un homme politique américain membre du Parti républicain. Maire de San Francisco de 1912 à 1931, il devint gouverneur de Californie le 6 … Wikipédia en Français
James Rolph, Jr. — James Rolph (* 23. August 1869 in San Francisco; † 2. Juni 1934 in Santa Clara, Kalifornien) war der 27. Gouverneur von Kalifornien und Bürgermeister von San Francisco. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Jugend und Aufstieg 2 Gouverneur von Kalifornien … Deutsch Wikipedia
James Rolph — Jr. James Rolph Jr. (* 23. August 1869 in San Francisco, Kalifornien; † 2. Juni 1934 in Santa Clara, Kalifornien) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker. Er amtierte als 27. Gouverneur von Kalifornien sowie als Bürgermei … Deutsch Wikipedia
James Rolph junior — James Rolph (* 23. August 1869 in San Francisco; † 2. Juni 1934 in Santa Clara, Kalifornien) war der 27. Gouverneur von Kalifornien und Bürgermeister von San Francisco. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Jugend und Aufstieg 2 Gouverneur von Kalifornien … Deutsch Wikipedia
James Rolph (ship) — The James Rolph was a schooner that transported cargo around the West Coast and Hawaii. Built near Eureka, California in 1899, the ship was based in San Francisco and owned by its namesake, shipping executive and future Governor of California,… … Wikipedia
Rolph — is a surname, and may refer to:* George Rolph * James Rolph * John Rolph (politician) * Sue Rolph * Thomas Rolphee also* Rolf … Wikipedia
Rolph — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: James Rolph junior (1869–1934), US amerikanischer Politiker (Kalifornien) Sue Rolph (* 1978), britische Schwimmerin Thomas Rolph (Publizist) (1800–1858), britischer Publizist Thomas Rolph (Politiker)… … Deutsch Wikipedia
James H. Budd — James Herbert Budd (* 18. Mai 1851 in Janesville, Wisconsin; † 30. Juli 1908 in Stockton, Kalifornien) war der 19. Gouverneur von Kalifornien, und Abgeordneter im Repräsentantenhaus der Vereinigten Staaten … Deutsch Wikipedia
James Herbert Budd — James H. Budd James Herbert Budd (* 18. Mai 1851 in Janesville, Wisconsin; † 30. Juli 1908 in Stockton, Kalifornien) war der 19. Gouverneur von Kalifornien, und Abgeordneter im Repräsentantenhaus der Vereinigten Staaten … Deutsch Wikipedia
James Gillett — Mandats 22e Gouverneur de Californie 1907 – 1917 … Wikipédia en Français