Charles B. Polhemus came to California in 1849 and was an active and successful businessman and diplomat,
with interests in real estate, the commission and banking business, ranching, and the railroad industry.
This collection consists of retained copies of correspondence, diaries, and business records of Charles
B. Polhemus and his son George.
Charles B. Polhemus was born in Burlington County, New Jersey on February 10, 1818,
to Ann Van Zant of Baltimore and Montgomery
Polhemus, a New Jersey merchant and landowner. His paternal grandfather was Major
John Polhemus, who served in the Revolutionary Army of 1775 and whose
father-in-law, John Hart, was an organizer of the Jersey Blues
and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Charles attended school in Burlington County
until the age of 12, when he began to learn the drug business, earning a pharmacy diploma within four
Number of containers: 5 boxes, 2 cartons
Linear feet: 4.6
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Collection is open for research.