1905 San Diego mayoral election

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1905 San Diego mayoral election
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Nominee John L. Sehon Dan F. Jones
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,018 1,376
Percentage 52.7% 35.9%

Mayor before election

Frank P. Frary

Elected Mayor

John L. Sehon

The 1905 San Diego mayoral election was held on April 4, 1905 to elect the mayor for San Diego. John L. Sehon was elected mayor with a majority of the votes.



Incumbent Mayor Frank P. Frary declined to run for reelection. Three candidates campaigned for the open seat: Dan Jones, a Republican, John L. Sehon, a Democrat running on the Non-Partisan ticket, and W.J. Kirkwood, a Socialist.[1]

On April 4, 1905, Sehon was elected mayor with a majority of 52.7 percent of the vote. Jones came in second with 35.9 percent of the vote. Kirkwood came in third with 11.3 percent.[3][1]

During the campaign, it was questioned whether a retired army officer such as Sehon was eligible for civil office. Fearing that his opponents would attempt to lock him out of office, Sehon broke into City Hall in the middle of the night of the first day of his term to forcibly take possession of the office of the mayor.[1]

Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral election, 1905[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John L. Sehon 2,018 52.7
Republican Dan F. Jones 1,376 35.9
Socialist W.J. Kirkwood 438 11.3
Total votes 3,832 100


  1. ^ a b c d e Smythe, William Ellsworth (1908). History of San Diego, 1542-1908. San Diego: The History Company. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Dan F. Jones". The Evening Tribune. March 2, 1905. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved March 19, 2017.