Bernice Brown (Layne) (1908 - 2002)

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Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About Bernice Brown (Layne)

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The following was published about Bernice (Layne) Brown in 2009 by California Beat:

There is no denying that since the 1950s, the Brown family has contributed heavily to California politics. With two stints as Governor, possibly a third next year in 2010, and various state and local offices at one time or another, this single family have created much history in this great state. But behind every great family, there is a great matriarch and for the Brown family, that matriarch was Bernice Brown.

Born Bernice Layne in San Francisco, she was the daughter of noted San Francisco Police Captain Arthur Layne and Alice Cuneo. Graduating from high school at the age of 14 and from the University of California Berkeley in 1928, she worked as a school teacher until 1930 when she married a young San Francisco lawyer named Edmund “Pat” Brown.

In 1944, she became the wife of an elected official when Pat Brown was elected District Attorney of San Francisco. But it was in 1958 that she came to greatest fame when her husband was elected the 32nd Governor of the state of California. She would serve as First Lady of California until 1966.

In 1974 her son, Edmund “Jerry” Brown was elected to serve as the 34th Governor of California serving until 1982. He also would hold a variety of other posts, including most recently Mayor of Oakland and California State Attorney General. He also mounted several national campaigns for United States Senate and President of the United States. In 1991, her daughter Kathleen was elected California State Treasurer, serving until 1995, and would also make an unsuccessful campaign for Governor in 1994.

In 2010, her legacy may continue as Jerry Brown is expected to mount another campaign for Governor.

Bernice Brown passed away in May of 2002 and was laid to rest in the Brown Family plot at Colma’s Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Given her former position as First Lady of the state and the continuing contributions of the children she raised, we at the California Beat are proud to honor Bernice Brown as a California Beat Hero.


Bernice lived to see her son Jerry serve two terms as governor (1975-1983) and died in 2002 aged 93.

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Bernice Layne Brown's Timeline

1908
November 19, 1908
San Francisco, California, United States
1931
July 13, 1931
Age 22
San Francisco, California, United States
1933
October 19, 1933
Age 24
San Francisco, California, United States
1945
September 25, 1945
Age 36
San Francisco, California, United States
2002
May 9, 2002
Age 93
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Colma, San Mateo County, California, United States