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John C. Frémont
John C. Frémont, 1852 portrait, by William S. Jewett
5th Territorial Governor of Arizona
In office
October 6, 1878 – October 11, 1881
Appointed by Rutherford B. Hayes
Preceded by John Philo Hoyt
Succeeded by Frederick Augustus Tritle
United States Senator
from California
In office
September 9, 1850 – March 3, 1851
Preceded by None (Statehood)
Succeeded by John B. Weller
3rd Military Governor of California
In office
January 14, 1847 – March 1, 1847[1]
Appointed by James K. Polk
Preceded by Robert F. Stockton
Succeeded by Stephen W. Kearny
Personal details
Born John Charles Fremon
January 21, 1813(1813-01-21)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died July 13, 1890(1890-07-13) (aged 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jessie Benton
Alma mater College of Charleston
Profession Soldier
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1838–1848
Rank Major General
Commands California Battalion
Department of the West

John Charles Frémont or Fremont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890) was an American military officer, explorer, and the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President of the United States in 1856.

Frémont was born on January 21, 1813 in Savannah, Georgia. He studied at the College of Charleston. Frémont was married to Jessie Benton from 1841 until his death in 1890. They had no children. Frémont died on July 13, 1890 in his home in New York City, New York from peritonitis, aged 77.


  1. Guinn, J. M. (1902). "XXXIV. Some Political History.". History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Chapman. pp. 234–235. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "The following is a list of the governors of California, Spanish, Mexican and American, with date of appointment or election:"

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