- Romualdo Pacheco was the first Hispanic governor of California
- Pacheco also served in the US House and as a diplomat
- He reportedly lassoed a grizzly bear, as one does
He continued checking off important state-level positions, serving as the state treasurer and lieutenant governor. When Gov. Newton Booth left to serve in the US Senate, Pacheco took over, serving as governor from February-December 1875.
Washington first called Pacheco’s name in 1876, when he appeared to have won his US House race by one vote — your quarterly reminder that every vote counts. His opponent contested the results, but with the help of Republican leader and future President James Garfield, Pacheco served in the House for a few months before he was unseated in February 1878.