NAME, Years Elected to City Council
James McGivney (1842-1908) served on City Council for two terms: 1883-1884 and 1885-1886.
James McGivney was a master plumber. Born in Ireland,6 he died at age 66 and left no family.4 He lived at 665 Franklin St.5
McGivney contested the election of John Pierce in 1887 (and lost).1 The case went all the way to the Supreme Court of California, where it was decided in 1890- this may be the first case of an Oakland election reaching the California Supreme Court. The full text of the case can be read here.
OTHER POSITIONS IN CITY GOVERNMENT
- "OAKLAND ITEMS." San Francisco Chronicle: Apr 6, 1887.
- “ACROSS THE BAY.” San Francisco Chronicle: March 15: 1887.
- "Reports of Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of California." California Supreme Court: 1906.
- "Domestic Engineering and the Journal of Mechanical Contracting." Volume 46: 1909.
- "Sanitary and Heating Age." Sanitary and Heating Publishing: 1895
- "James McGivney Dead." The San Francisco Call: Dec 19, 1908.