Photographic portrait of Juan Bandini, [s.d.]. Bandini is shown from his upper torso to his head and is looking straight ahead. He is wearing a dark jacket, dark vest, dark bowtie, and lightly-colored shirt. He has short dark hair parted at left.; "Bandini was born in Lima, Peru, in 1800 and died in Los Angeles in 1859. He came to California in about 1819 with his father, who was a captain of a Spanish ship. Juan was well educated and a man of good ability. He was a member of the assembly and sub-comisario of revenues from 1828 to 1831, was in several revolutions against Mexican governors and in 1837 took a force from his San Diego ranch and captured Los Angeles, seizing the garrison and guns without serious opposition. After the Mexican War began, he took sides with the Americans and rendered valuable service throughout. His first wife, Maria Dolores, gave him the following children: Arcadia, who married Abel Stearns and afterwards Colonel Robert L. Baker; Ysidora, who married Cave J. Couts; Josefa, who married Pedro C. Carillo (alcade and member of first Legislature, 1847); Jose Maria, who married Teresa, daughter of Santiago Arguello; and Juanito. His second wife, Maria, daughter of Santiago Arguello (sister of his son's wife) gave him four more children: Juan de la Cruz, Alfredo, Arturo, Dolores, who married Charles R. Johnson, and Victoria (Chata), who married Dr. James B. Winston. Mrs. George Fuller is the granddaughter of Juan Bandini". -- From Wm. E. Smythe's History of San Diego.