The Photographs Related to the San Francisco Graft Trial collection contains 15 photographic prints taken mostly in 1907-1908.
The collection features many of the important individuals involved in the San Francisco graft trials of 1907 and 1908. The
trials occurred during a period of governmental reform following the earthquake and fire of 1906 and the subsequent rebuilding
of the city. In the trials, Mayor Eugene E. Schmitz, political boss Abe Ruef--who helped bring Schmitz to power-and other
individuals were charged with bribery, acceptance of bribes, extortion, and other acts of corruption. Responsible for the
original exposés of the corruption were assistant district attorney Frances J. Heney, San Francisco Bulletin editor Fremont Older, progressive reformer Rudolph Spreckels, and former San Francisco mayor James D. Phelan. After being
wounded by a gunshot while acting as prosecuting attorney, Heney was replaced by Hiram Johnson. Schmitz and Ruef were both
convicted, though a higher court would overturn the Schmitz decision and Ruef would be pardoned after serving less than five
years at San Quentin
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in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.