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Dr John Townsend
Birth: unknown
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1850
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA

San Francisco Mayor. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Townsend came to California in 1844 as a member of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party. The party would become known as being the first to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains following the Truckee River, a route which two years later became infamous as being where the Donner Party became snowed in. Arriving during a period of Civil War in California, Townsend was one of several Americans who volunteered to serve under Capt. John Sutter backing Mexican Governor of California Manuel Micheltorena against the forces of former governor Juan Bautista Alvarado and Gen. Josť Castro. When hostilities ended, he moved to San Francisco where in April 1848 he was appointed to serve as the 4th American Alcalde, or Mayor, of the city. He held the post until September 1848 when he was replaced after having left to try his luck in the Gold Rush. The first licensed doctor in California, he was living in San Jose at the outbreak of the 1850 cholera epidemic. Both he and his wife would help treat victims until they themselves succumbed to the disease in December of 1850.
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Oak Hill Memorial Park
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA
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Originally Created by: knrivers
Record added: Jun 04, 2007
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Dr John Townsend
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