Brown, Edmund G.

Brown, Edmund G. (Gerald) “Pat”

(1905–  ) governor; born in San Francisco (father of Jerry Brown). After working his way through law school, he opened practice in San Francisco (1927–43), serving as district attorney there (1943–50) and as California's Democratic attorney general (1950–58). Becoming governor (1959–67), he expanded the state university system and initiated a statewide water project. His most public moment came in 1960 when he decided that California law did not allow him to commute the execution of Caryl Chessman. He retired to his law practice in San Francisco.
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