List of Governors of California by age

This is a list of California Governors by age.

The youngest living former Governor is Arnold Schwarzenegger, born July 30, 1947 (aged 66 years, 339 days), followed by Gray Davis, born December 26, 1942 (aged 71 years, 190 days). Incumbent Governor Jerry Brown, born April 7, 1938 (aged 76 years, 88 days) is the median age of living Governors. The oldest living former governor is George Deukmejian, born June 6, 1928 (aged 86 years, 28 days). Pete Wilson is the second-oldest, five years younger than Deukmejian. Wilson was born August 23, 1933 (aged 80 years, 315 days).

The shortest-lived governor was J. Neely Johnson, who died at the age of 47 years, 29 days. The longest-lived governor was Ronald Reagan, who died at the age of 93 years and 120 days. Pat Brown was the second longest-lived, almost 3 years short of Reagan. The oldest living governor, George Deukmejian, will tie Brown if he lives to April 3, 2019 and tie Reagan if he lives to October 4, 2021. The second oldest living governor, Pete Wilson, will tie Brown if he lives to June 19, 2024 and tie Reagan if he lives to December 21, 2026.

The median age of accession is roughly 48 years, which falls between John Bigler (19th youngest) and William Irwin (20th). The youngest person to become Governor was J. Neely Johnson (30 years, 160 days). The oldest person to become Governor is Jerry Brown on January 3, 2011, who became Governor at 72 years, 271 days old.

Jerry Brown was also the sixth-youngest person to become Governor in 1975, at 36 years, 275 days old (his third term began 28 years to the day after his second term expired). J. Neely Johnson, John G. Downey, Milton Latham, John McDougall, and Frederick Low, in that order, were younger than Brown when they took the oath of office; Leland Stanford was more than a year older (see table below). Jerry Brown became the oldest person to become Governor in 2011, at 72 years, 271 days, which is 36 years, 4 days after he first became Governor in 1975. The next oldest person to become Governor, Frank Merriam, was more than 4 years younger than Brown. Washington Bartlett, Culbert Olson, James Rolph, Robert Waterman, and George Stoneman were the next oldest governors.

# by age Governor
# in office
Date of birth
Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Age at End
of Term
Date of death
Length of
retirement
Lifespan
1 Johnson, J. NeelyJ. Neely Johnson 4 30 years, 160 days 32 years, 159 days 14 years, 236 days 47 years, 29 days
2 Downey, John G.John G. Downey 7 32 years, 204 days 34 years, 200 days 32 years, 50 days 66 years, 250 days
3 Latham, MiltonMilton Latham 6 32 years, 231 days 32 years, 236 days 22 years, 49 days 54 years, 285 days
4 McDougall, JohnJohn McDougall 2 [1] 33 years, 8 days 34 years, 7 days 14 years, 81 days 48 years, 88 days
5 Low, FrederickFrederick Low 9 35 years, 163 days 39 years, 158 days 26 years, 228 days 66 years, 21 days
6 Brown, Jr., Edmund G. "Jerry"Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. 34 36 years, 275 days 44 years, 271 days 28 years, 0 days[2] 76 years, 88 days
7 Stanford, LelandLeland Stanford 8 37 years, 307 days 39 years, 276 days 29 years, 193 days 69 years, 104 days
8 Perkins, George C.George C. Perkins 14 40 years, 138 days 43 years, 140 days 40 years, 47 days 83 years, 187 days
9 Burnett, Peter H.Peter H. Burnett 1 42 years, 35 days 44 years, 128 days 43 years, 55 days 87 years, 183 days
10 Haight, Henry H.Henry H. Haight 10 42 years, 199 days 46 years, 202 days 6 years, 268 days 53 years, 105 days
11 Pacheco, RomualdoRomualdo Pacheco 12 43 years, 119 days 44 years, 39 days 23 years, 45 days 67 years, 84 days
12 Budd, JamesJames Budd 19 43 years, 238 days 47 years, 231 days 9 years, 208 days 57 years, 73 days
13 Johnson, HiramHiram Johnson 23 44 years, 123 days 50 years, 194 days 28 years, 144 days 78 years, 338 days
14 Pardee, GeorgeGeorge Pardee 21 45 years, 166 days 49 years, 168 days 34 years, 235 days 84 years, 38 days
15 Weller, John B.John B. Weller 5 45 years, 320 days 47 years, 321 days 15 years, 220 days 63 years, 176 days
16 Booth, NewtonNewton Booth 11 45 years, 343 days 49 years, 59 days 17 years, 138 days 66 years, 197 days
17 Gage, HenryHenry Gage 20 46 years, 10 days 50 years, 13 days 21 years, 234 days 71 years, 247 days
18 Gillett, JamesJames Gillett 22 46 years, 111 days 50 years, 105 days 26 years, 107 days 76 years, 212 days
19 Bigler, JohnJohn Bigler 3 47 years, 0 days 51 years, 1 day 15 years, 324 days 66 years, 325 days
20 Irwin, WilliamWilliam Irwin 13 [3] 48 years, 342 days 53 years, 7 days 6 years, 66 days 59 years, 73 days
21 Markham, HenryHenry Markham 18 50 years, 53 days 54 years, 56 days 28 years, 271 days 82 years, 327 days
22 Warren, EarlEarl Warren 30 51 years, 291 days 62 years, 200 days 20 years, 277 days 83 years, 112 days
23 Brown, Sr., Edmund G. "Pat"Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr. 32 53 years, 259 days 61 years, 256 days 29 years, 45 days 90 years, 301 days
24 Deukmejian, GeorgeGeorge Deukmejian 35 54 years, 211 days 62 years, 215 days 23 years, 178 days 86 years, 28 days
25 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan 33 55 years, 330 days 63 years, 335 days 29 years, 150 days 93 years, 120 days
26 Davis, GrayGray Davis 37 56 years, 9 days 60 years, 326 days 10 years, 229 days 71 years, 190 days
27 Schwarzenegger, ArnoldArnold Schwarzenegger 38 56 years, 110 days 63 years, 157 days 3 years, 182 days 66 years, 339 days
28 Knight, GoodwinGoodwin Knight 31 56 years, 300 days 62 years, 27 days 11 years, 137 days 73 years, 164 days
29 Richardson, FriendFriend Richardson 25 57 years, 39 days 61 years, 34 days 16 years, 245 days 77 years, 279 days
30 Stephens, WilliamWilliam Stephens 24 57 years, 79 days 63 years, 13 days 21 years, 108 days 84 years, 121 days
31 Wilson, PetePete Wilson 36 57 years, 137 days 65 years, 134 days 15 years, 181 days 80 years, 315 days
32 Young, C. C.C. C. Young 26 57 years, 251 days 61 years, 253 days 16 years, 352 days 78 years, 240 days
33 Stoneman, GeorgeGeorge Stoneman 15 60 years, 155 days 64 years, 153 days 7 years, 240 days 72 years, 28 days
34 Waterman, RobertRobert Waterman 17 60 years, 271 days 64 years, 24 days 0 years, 94 days 64 years, 118 days
35 Rolph, JamesJames Rolph 27 61 years, 136 days 64 years, 283 days 0 years, 0 days 64 years, 283 days
36 Olson, CulbertCulbert Olson 29 62 years, 56 days 66 years, 58 days 19 years, 99 days 85 years, 157 days
37 Bartlett, WashingtonWashington Bartlett 16 62 years, 313 days 63 years, 195 days 0 years, 0 days 63 years, 195 days
38 Merriam, FrankFrank Merriam 28 68 years, 162 days 73 years, 11 days 16 years, 113 days 89 years, 124 days
39 Brown, Jr., Edmund G. "Jerry"Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. 39 72 years, 271 days 76 years, 88 days
# by age Governor
# in office
Date of birth
Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Age at End
of Term
Date of death
Length of
retirement
Lifespan

Notes

References

  • JoinCalifornia.com - Dates of birth and death for Governors
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