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Banning Co. Records Addenda II
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Description
The collection consists of correspondence, business and financial papers, family notes, bound volumes, and ephemera related to the Banning family and collected by Katharine Stewart Banning.
Background
Phineas Banning (1830-1885) was born in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1861 he arrived in San Pedro, California, and worked as a store clerk and stagecoach driver before starting his own staging and shipping company, which rapidly expanded throughout California as well as to Arizona and Utah. In the late 1850s, he joined a group of investors who purchased 640 acres of land near San Pedro to expand the port. This land was later named Wilmington after Banning’s birthplace. By the 1860s Banning was heavily involved in most of the operations of San Pedro Harbor. During the Civil War he was given the honorary title of Brigadier General of the California First Brigade, and continued to use the honorarium “General” for the rest of his life. In the 1870s he became a California state senator and campaigned for more elaborate transportation connections between Los Angeles and San Pedro port. Banning’s first wife was Rebecca Sanford, with whom he had three children who survived to adulthood: William, Joseph Brent, and Hancock. After Rebecca’s death he married Mary Hollister, and they had two surviving daughters, Mary Banning Norris (1871-1953) and Lucy Tichenor Banning (1873-1929). By 1880 Banning had scaled back his business ventures, and after several years of illness died in San Francisco.
Extent
Approx. 1,683 items
Restrictions
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.
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