US Con Low, Frederick Ferdinand - U.S. Congressman / Governor, CA

Frederick Ferdinand Low


Born: June 30, 1828

Birthplace: Frankfort (Winterport), Maine

Father: Daniel Low 1794 – 1871

Mother: Mercy Wardwell 1793 – 1860

Wife: Mary Levering “Mollie” Creed 1841 – 1910
(Buried: Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, California)​

Married: December 22, 1857, in Yuba, California


Flora Creed Low 1858 – 1949​
(Buried: Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, California)​

Political Party: Republican Party

Occupation before War:

Shipping Businessman in San Francisco, California
1854 – 1861: Banker in Marysville, California​

Civil War Career:

1862 – 1863: United States Congressman from California​
1862 – 1863: Ranking Member of House Naval Affairs Committee​
1862: Choose not to be a candidate for re-nomination to U.S. Congress​
1863: United States Collector for the Port of San Francisco, California​
1863 – 1871: Governor of California​
The Last Civil War Governor of California​

Occupation after War:

Governor during establishment of Yosemite National Park​
Governor during establishment of Southern Pacific Railroad​
Considered the Father of University of California​
1869 – 1874: United States Minister to China​
Banker in San Francisco, California​

Died: July 21, 1894

Place of Death: San Francisco, California

Age at time of Death: 66 years old

Original Burial Place: Laurel Hill Cemetery, San Francisco, California

Current Burial Place: Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, California
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