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  Merriam, Frank F.
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  1930-01-01  
 
NameFrank F. Merriam
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Long Beach, California , United States
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Born December 22, 1865
DiedApril 25, 1955 (89 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
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Mar 28, 2021 05:02pm
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InfoAn educator and newspaperman, Frank Merriam, born in 1865, first entered politics in his home state of Iowa, serving there in the legislature and as State Auditor. He arrived in California at the age of 45 and served as Assemblyman, Senator, and Lt. Governor. He is the only governor to also have served as Speaker of the Assembly and presiding officer of the Senate. As Governor, he waged a war against corrupt lobbyists and appointed a committee to investigate them. His arch-enemy was the notorious lobbyist Artie Samish, whose power was so great he scorned Merriam and called himself "California's behind-the-scenes" governor. Merriam was the first governor to marry in office; he and his bride moved into the Governor's Mansion two days later. Merriam's nickname - a reflection on his shiny bald head - was "Marbletop."

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Governor Frank Merriam Inaugural Address January 8, 1935  Discuss
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  11/05/1946 CA US Senate Special Lost 0.09% (-74.22%)
  11/08/1938 CA Governor Lost 44.17% (-8.32%)
  08/30/1938 CA Governor - D Primary Lost 0.29% (-41.68%)
  08/30/1938 CA Governor - R Primary Won 54.85% (+31.95%)
  11/06/1934 CA Governor Won 48.87% (+11.12%)
  08/28/1934 CA Governor - PRB Primary Won 76.43% (+52.86%)
  08/28/1934 CA Governor - R Primary Won 41.94% (+13.91%)
  08/28/1934 CA Governor - D Primary Lost 0.12% (-51.56%)
  06/02/1934 CA Governor - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/1930 CA Lt. Governor Won 66.38% (+35.90%)
  11/06/1900 IA Auditor of State Won 57.90% (+18.20%)
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CA Lt. Governor - Nov 06, 1934 R George J. Hatfield