Robert Semple

Robert Semple (HMAOM)

Location: Benicia, CA 94510 Solano County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 3.008', W 122° 9.54'

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Robert Semple, chief founder of Benicia, negotiated with General M.G. Vallejo for the land and suggested new city be named after General's wife, Francisca Benicia, selecting Francisca. Officials of Yerba Buena objected and by ordinance changed that city's name to San Francisco. Semple then renamed the new city, calling it Benicia. Was member city council, established first ferry between Benicia and Rancho Martinez, was one of publishers of first American newspaper in California, and Chairman of Constitutional Convention at Monterey.
Series This marker is part of the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series
Year Placed1947
Placed ByHistoric Landmarks Committee, Native Sons of the Golden West during Centennial Ceremonies of Benicia's founding, June 15, 1947
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 1:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 573787 N 4211711
Decimal Degrees38.05013333, -122.15900000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 3.008', W 122° 9.54'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 3' 0.48" N, 122° 9' 32.40" W
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Area Code(s)707, 858, 415, 510, 925
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 135 W G St, Benicia CA 94510, US
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