“Officialdom”: California State Government, 1849–1879

Judson A. Grenier

in Taming the Elephant

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234116
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936485 | DOI:
“Officialdom”: California State Government, 1849–1879

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This chapter deals with the conventional wisdom that denigrates early California officialdom with charges of ineptitude and graft. It also confirms that the 1879 constitution in fact did little to alter the fundamental structure of officialdom imposed by the first constitution-builders and legislators. The legislature established committees in ten areas: finance, judiciary, militia, counties, privileges, engrossed bills, a state library, printing, public buildings, and commerce. It was common for political parties out of power to attack state governments controlled by the opposition. The chapter then presents an overview of the influence of public policy on economic growth in California during the years 1849 to 1879. Governments on all levels found existing methods wanting and began to experiment with alternate means to deal with new economic problems.

Keywords: California officialdom; legislature; California state government; public policy; economic growth; 1879 constitution; political parties

Chapter.  11951 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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