Courtesy of the Haggin Museum, Stockton
Born: August 2, 1851 in Hartford, Connecticut
Died: May 15, 1911 in Stockton, California
Married: James Budd on October 29, 1873
Maiden Name: Merrill
Father: Marcus Merrill
Mother: Celinda Clough
Husband: James Budd
Find out more about the time period and interests of Inez Budd
Did You Know?
- Inez believed that 13 was a lucky number. In her will, she made cash bequests in multiples of 13.
At the age of five, Inez Armetta Merrill’s family relocated from Hartford to Stockton, California. She met James Budd while both attended the same high school in Stockton. They married in 1873 and had no children. The only mention of Inez’s role as First Lady is a Sacramento Union article, which described her dress for the Governor’s Inaugural Ball in captivating detail. After James Budd left office, he and Inez moved back to Stockton where she remained until her death on May 15, 1911. She is buried in the Stockton Rural Cemetery.
Books and Articles
- Cook and LaDue, The First Ladies of California, Xlibris Corporation, 2007
- "When Thirteen is not Lucky,” Los Angeles Times, May 19, 1911, page 11