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The Civil War in California
January 24, 1848 Discovery of gold at Sutters Mill in California California
  Compromise of 1850
December 13, 1848 A bill introduced in the House calls for the admission of California and New Mexico as free states. California
June 3, 1849 California Provincial Governor Bennett Riley calls for a convention on statehood to convene in Monterey in September. California
September 1, 1849 Statehood convention meets in Monterey, California California
November 13, 1849 Peter H. Burnett and and John McDougal are elected the first Governor and Lieutenant Governor of California under the Constitution created at the statehood convention California
September 9, 1850 California is admitted to the United States. For the first time the number of free states (16) exceeds the number of slave states (15) California
  Compromise of 1850
January 15, 1861 Albert Sidney Johnston assumes command of the Department of the Pacific. California
  Albert Sidney Johnston
April 25, 1861 General Edwin Vose Sumner relieves Albert Sidney Johnston as Commander, Department of the Pacific California
  Albert Sidney Johnston
  Edwin Vose Sumner
May 6, 1959 California ratifies the 14th Amendment California
  14th Amendment

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