David G. Mitchell’s home in Riverside

David G Mitchell

David Mitchell was the son of Richard and Sophia Mitchell, both of revolutionary stock. He fought in many iconic Civil War battles including Gettysburg, Cedar Mount, Atlanta, and more than a dozen more.

In 1886, he came to California and began ranching in the Perris area. He was part of Riverside County’s formation when it separated from San Bernardino County in 1893 and was one of the five commissioners appointed by the governor to complete the formation and was selected secretary of the board of supervisors. He was elected county treasurer in the new county’s first elections and continued to be reelected to the post, holding it until his death in 1926. His daughter, Alice Mitchell Tobias, succeeded him in the office.