Known for: Republican Newton Booth was California's 11th governor (1872-1874) and a U.S. senator.
Background: Born in Salem, Ind., Booth arrived in Sacramento in 1850 and started a successful merchandising business with Charles Smith. He retired in 1856 and returned to Indiana but came back in 1860 and was elected a state senator two years later. In 1871, he became governor. Booth helped to form the "Dolly Vardens" party in 1873, and with its support was elected to the U.S. Senate. Since his swearing-in would take place 18 months later, he remained in office as governor after being elected. The controversial move prompted an attempt to amend the state constitution to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future.
A highlight: Sacramento's Newton Booth neighborhood -- bordered by 24th Street to the west, 30th Street to the east, X Street to the south and R Street to the north -- is named for the governor. He is buried at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
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