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James R. Capell (November 2, 1825 – July 28, 1896) was elected to City Council in 1893 and 1895. He died in 1896 during his second term.


Democrat 1 or Progressive?


James Capell was born in Virginia, moved to Alabama when he was about 10 and came to California in 1849 for gold. Prior to coming, he fought in the Mexican war. During the trip west, his party ran out of food and they ended up eating one of their mules.

Capell was one of the founders of the Home Security and Loan Building Association. 

He was apparently laughing and joking at the City Council meeting the evening before his desk, even joking about his age with William Heitmann. 3

Capell was one of the City Council Members arrested in 1895.

Links and References

  1. A History of the State of Nevada: Its Resources and PeopleLewis Publishing Company: 1904

  2. COUNCILMAN CAPELL LIFELESS IN BED San Francisco Chronicle July 29, 1896

  3. J.R. Capell Passes Away Oakland Times July 29, 1896