The first four-year class to enter the University of California was known as 'The Twelve Apostles' and graduated in 1873. Seated: G. Edwards, L. Hawkins, F. Rhoda, E. Scott, George J. Ainsworth, J. Bolton; standing: J. Reinstein, F. Otis, J. Budd (governor of California, 1895-99), T. Woodward, C. Wetmore, N. Newmark.1

George J. Ainsworth (April 13, 1852 - October 20, 1895) was the son of prominent businessman John C. Ainsworth.

  • First class to graduate from UC Berkeley in 1873; earned Doctor of Philosophy degree.
  • Became an Oregon steam ship captain in 1875.
  • In 1882 George took charge of his fathers' business in Oakland, until his father's death in 1893.
  • Active member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, honored with the 33rd degree.
  • Member of the Mystic Shrine.
  • Father of L.S. Ainsworth and Mabel Ainsworth.
  • Executor of his father's estate until his death in 1895.

See also Clarence Wetmore and Franklin Rhoda.

Links and References

  1. UC Berkeley, University Archives