Cristobal Aguilar

Cristobal Aguilar

Cristobal Aguilar

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José Cristóbal Aguilar (1815 – April 11, 1883) was a pioneer of Los Angeles, California politics in the early days of American rule. He was the last Hispanic mayor of the City, until 2005.


Aguilar was born in 1815 in Los Angeles, which was then under Spanish rule. His parents were José María Aguilar and María Ygnacia Elizalde. José Maria Aguilar was the grantee of Rancho Cañada de los Nogales. The Aguilars lived in a spacious adobe located on what is now North Main Street. This old adobe was a prominent landmark that later served two important, but very different functions. The first was as the town calabozo or jail, and then as the town's first hospital in 1858

On October 30, 1848, Aguilar married Maria Dolores Yorba at the San Gabriel Mission just east of Los Angeles. His wife was the daughter of José Antonio de los Remidios Yorba and María Catalina Verdugo. The Yorbas possessed vast land holdings including most of the Santa Ana Valley (in present-day Orange County, California).

Cristóbal and Dolores had five children, which were as follows:
  • Librada, a daughter born in 1850
  • José, born in 1851
  • Matias, a second son born in 1858
  • Guadalupe, born in 1860
  • Rosa, born in 1863

Political life

After Alta California became part of the United States, Aguilar made a name for himself in local government. When the Mexican ayuntamiento system was abolished in favor of an American mayor and city council system in 1850, Aguilar was among the first...
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