JOHN S. BRANSFORD
A Missourian by birth, a Utahan by adoption; a progressive, public spirited citizen, who believes in the present
and has faith in the future of Salt Lake City, this is John Samuel Bransford, Mayor of Salt Lake City.
Mayor Bransford is fifty three years of age. He was born in Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, August 26, 1856. His
father, Milford Bard Bransford, was of English descent. His mother, Sarah Allen Cooper, was of German descent.
Sturdy stock they were, too. They lived at Richmond, Missouri, until 1864. Then, when Mayor Bransford was eight
years of age, his parents decided to remove to California. Their journey was across the plains by ox team, the
final destination was Quincy, Plumas County. The journey was a long and laborious one, and was beset with many
dangers, and there were many trials and hardships, but the new home was reached after six months. Here Mayor Bransford
lived until 1899, when he came to Salt Lake City, arriving here February 16, 1899.
Mayor Bransford's education was obtained in the public schools of Plumas County, California. Afterwards he took
a course in a business college.
When twenty years old he engaged in the mercantile business in his California home, and continued in business until
1886. In that year he was elected assessor of Plumas County on the Democratic ticket, which position he held for
four years. In 1890 he was chosen sheriff of the same county, and this position he held until 1899.
Meanwhile Mayor Bransford had visited Utah and became interested in several mining properties. These demanding
his attention, he retired from the position of sheriff in California and came to Salt Lake City. Soon after his
arrival he was elected president of the Salt Lake Stock and Mining Exchange, which position he held for one year.
Mayor Bransford is the vice president of the Silver King Mining Company, a director in the Keith-O'Brien Company,
in the State Bank of Utah, in the Utah-Mexican Rubber Company, and is president of the Tabasco-Utah Development
Company, located in Mexico; is also president of the Rogers-Evans Company, general insurance, which is the largest
insurance agency in the State. He is also a director in several other companies.
He is a member of the Alta and Commercial clubs, and also of the Elks, and a charter member of the Bear River Duck
Mayor Bransford was appointed Mayor of Salt Lake by the City Council, on August 13, 1907, to fill out the term
of Mayor Ezra Thompson, who resigned. He was nominated by hips party, the American, to succeed himself, and was
elected by an overwhelming majority. His vote was within two hundred and fifty votes of all those cast for opposing
Mayor Bransford was married to Rachiel Stella Blood in Granville, Plunmas County, California, on July 31, 1878.
Mrs. Bransford's father was one of the prominent mining men of California. Two children have been born to Mr. and
Mrs. Bransford, Stella Irene and Wallace Wilford. Mayor and Mrs. Bransford reside in the Bransford Apartments,
in Salt Lake City.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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