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Californians in the White House

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Many Californians have tried to be elected President of the United States, but very few have succeeded. In the years between statehood and 2004 there were only five presidential candidates who were residents of California when they received votes in the Electoral College: John Frémont (1856), Herbert Hoover (1928, 1932), Richard Nixon (1960), John Hospers (1972) and Ronald Reagan (1976, 1980, 1984).

Of these, only Hoover and Reagan were elected. Although Nixon was technically a resident of the State of New York when he was elected in 1968 and 1972, he remains the only U.S. President to have been born in California.

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Herbert HooverPhotograph

Herbert Hoover Photograph

Youth Authority Photographs, F3738:271-10, California State Archives

Richard Nixon Photograph, 1970.

Richard Nixon Photograph, 1970

United States President, F3577:243, California State Archives

Ronald Reagan Photograph, 1981.

Ronald Reagan Photograph, 1981

United States President, F3577:240, California State Archives

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