This collection includes Sacramento Capital Office Legislative records (1977-1996), Gilroy District Office files (1977-1996),
Monterey District Office files (1977-1996), Salinas District Office files (1977-1996), and Santa Cruz District Office files
(1975-1996) documenting the career of California State Assemblyman and Senator Henry J. Mello.
A Watsonville native, Henry
John Mello was born on March 27th, 1924, the child of an immigrant Portuguese family
from the Azores. He attended Watsonville High School and Hartnell College in Salinas.
With his father, he worked in the apple business, establishing a family farming business
in 1940. Together they founded the Mello Packing Company in 1948, and the Central
Industrial Sales Company in 1965. From the mid-1950's on Mello was involved in many local
charitable and non-profit organizations. His initial foray into politics began in 1950
when he was a Democratic volunteer during the senate campaign between Richard M. Nixon
and Helen Gahagan Douglas. Throughout the 1950's he worked on Democratic campaigns, and
was elected to the Democratic Central Committee. His local public service career began
when he served as a member of the California Agricultural Advisory Board and as a fire
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