James Lawrence English (June 5, 1813 – May 29, 1889) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician.

James Lawrence English
Mayor of Sacramento
In office
1855 – 1855?
Preceded byR. P. Johnson
Succeeded byBenjamin Barnard Redding
California State Treasurer
In office
GovernorJ. Neely Johnson
Preceded byHenry Bates
Succeeded byThomas Findley
Personal details
BornJune 5, 1813
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 29, 1889 (aged 75)
Sacramento, California

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, English lived in Pettis County, Missouri, prior to moving to Sacramento, California, in 1853. Shortly after his arrival, he became associated with Philip Leget Edwards in the Sacramento law firm of Edwards and English.

English was Mayor of Sacramento in 1855, and his administration was one of unusual prosperity for the city. From 1857 to 1858, he was California State Treasurer. He also served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876.

James L. English died at age 76 in Sacramento. He is interred in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ "Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Burial Index" (PDF). Old City Cemetery Committee. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 5, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  • Los Angeles Times, May 30, 1889, "Death of James L. English," p. 5.

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Political offices
Preceded by
R. P. Johnson
Mayor of Sacramento, California
Succeeded by
Benjamin B. Redding
Preceded by
Henry Bates
Treasurer of California
Succeeded by
Thomas Findley