Adolph Sutro
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born in Prussia)
Date of Birth: 1830
Date of Death: 1898
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Miner, Businessman, Politician
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office(s): Mayor of San Francisco
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office(s): Mayor of San Francisco
Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro (April 29, 1830 - August 8, 1898) was born in Prussia (now Germany) and emigrated to San Francisco, California, arriving on the steamship California on November 21, 1850. He set up stores in San Francisco and Stockton. In 1859, when the Comstock Lode was discovered, he went into mining, setting up the Sutro Metallurgical Works, in East Dayton, Nevada. He also built the Sutro Tunnel, which allowed drainage and ventilation of the many mines in the Comstock Lode and to permit the miners to safely bring out the rich silver ore.

At one time, Sutro is believed to have owned 1/12 of all land in San Francisco. He was San Francisco's second Jewish mayor, serving 1895-1897.

Adolph Sutro in Southern VictoryEdit

Adolph Sutro was the Republican mayor of San Francisco, California during the Second Mexican War.[1] His mayorship was heavily criticized for incompetence, particularly after the British Royal Navy bombarded the city and Royal Marines raided the US Mint.

Sutro was a supporter of President James G. Blaine[2] and designed several comical, outlandish security measures to protect San Francisco (which was an extremely low priority target) from attack during the Second Mexican War.[3] Ironically, when the British did attack the city, the defenses Sutro proposed proved worthless.

One of Sutro's most vocal critics was newspaper editor Samuel Clemens, who named his dog Sutro as an insult to the mayor. Clemens would later regret this, believing he'd actually insulted the dog.[4]


  1. How Few Remain, pg, 80, PB.
  2. Ibid., pg. 82.
  3. Ibid. pgs., 189-191.
  4. Ibid., pg. 191.
Political offices
Preceded by
Levi Richard Ellert
Mayor of San Francisco
Succeeded by
James D. Phelan
Political offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Unknown, last known is
Henry F. Teschemacher
Mayor of San Francisco
Early 1880s
Succeeded by