John R Glascock 1

Glascock at death13

John Raglan Glascock (August 25, 1845 – November 10, 1913) was mayor of Oakland from 1887 to 1890.

Glascock was born in Panola County, Mississippi and moved to San Francisco with his parents. 5

Glascock was the Class Secretary for the University of California class of 1865 when it was still the College of California, and admitted to the California bar in 1868. He studied law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and practiced law in Oakland with his father William H. Glascock. 6

Glascock was Alameda County district attorney from 1875 to 1877. He served as U.S. Representative from California at-large from 1883–1885. At the time, two of California's six representatives were elected at-large. 4 Glascock was a Democrat. He was elected Mayor in 1889 on the Citizens' ticket and there was serious betting on the outcome of the election—Glascock was favored to win.11 No one expected him to win with more than 1000 votes over his opponent, so when he won by 3017 votes over his opponent ?! Ames, it was a big deal. 16

In 1895, the governor appointed Glascock as a trustee of the Industrial Home for the Adult Blind. He served as Director at least in 1898. 9

In 1902, he was a Democratic nominee for Superior Court Judge in Alameda County.

In 1910, Glascock appeared before City Council and asked Council not to pave streets. 8

John was a Freemason, a member and past master of Live Oak Lodge No. 61, and a member of the Royal Arch Masons of California. He was chairman of the executive committee of the Good Government Club in 1896.10 He was a founding trustee of the First Independent Presbyterian Church in 1869.12 He was a member of the Athenian Club for awhile.15

Glascock died at his country home in Woodside, California and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.7 He was survived by a widow and a son, John R Glascock, Jr. He died due to heart problems and asthma.14

Links and References

  1. Alameda County: The Eden of the Pacific. Tribune Publishing Co: 1898.
  2. John R. Glascock on Wikipedia
  3. John Raglan Glascock on
  4. California's at-large congressional district on Wikipedia
  5. "Glascock, John Raglan." Biographical Dictionary of the US Congress.
  6. "John R. Glascock" in: Frank Clinton Merritt, History of Alameda County, Vol. I (Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1928), 206-207.
  7. "Glascock, John Raglan." Biographical Dictionary of the US Congress.
  8. "OBJECTS TO PAVING OF OAKLAND STREETS." San Francisco Call: Feb 23, 1910.
  9. "BLIND HOME MET REVERSES." San Francisco Chronicle: Mar 29, 1898.
  10. "GOOD GOVERNMENT FOR OAKLAND." San Francisco Chronicle: Feb 4, 1896.
  11. "OAKLAND NEWS: Claims of the Political Factions." San Francisco Chronicle: Mar 9, 1889.
  12. "OAKLAND MATTERS." San Francisco Chronicle: Feb 26, 1869.
  13. "J. R. Glascock, Former Mayor of Oakland, Is Heart Failure Victim: Death Comes to One of the State's Best Known Attorneys." San Francisco Chronicle: Nov 11, 1913.
  14. "J. R. Glascock, Former Mayor of Oakland, Is Heart Failure Victim."
  15. "J. R. Glascock, Former Mayor of Oakland, Is Heart Failure Victim."

  16. "OAKLAND NEWS: Victory of the Citizens' Ticket AN UNPARALLELED VOTE Glascock's Plurality, 3017." San Francisco Chronicle: Mar 13, 1889.