1889 San Diego mayoral election

The 1889 San Diego mayoral election was held on April 2, 1889 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Douglas Gunn was elected Mayor with a majority of the votes.

1889 San Diego mayoral election

← 1887 April 2, 1889 (1889-04-02) 1891 →
Nominee Douglas Gunn John R. Berry
Party Republican Republican
Popular vote 1,817 1,294
Percentage 58.4% 41.6%

Mayor before election

Martin D. Hamilton (acting)

Elected Mayor

Douglas Gunn


  • Douglas Gunn, businessman and former newspaper proprietor[1]
  • John R. Berry, newspaper proprietor[1]



In November 1888, incumbent Mayor William Jefferson Hunsaker resigned from office prior to the completion of his term in office. Council president Martin D. Hamilton served as acting mayor until the 1889 election could be held.[2]

The 1889 campaign featured two Republican newspaper proprietors. Douglas Gunn ran on the non-partisan Citizens' ticket. John R. Berry ran on the Straight Republican ticket.[1]

On April 2, 1889, Gunn was elected mayor with 58.4 percent of the vote to Berry's 41.6 percent.[3]

Election results

San Diego mayoral election, 1889[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Douglas Gunn 1,817 58.4
Republican John Berry 1,294 41.6
Total votes 3,111 100


  1. ^ a b c Larson, Thomas (October 28, 2004). "Elections San Diego Style". San Diego Reader. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Mayor's Resignation". The San Diego Union. November 14, 1888. p. 5. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved March 18, 2017.