These two folders contain letters of correspondence, notes, newspaper articles, and other papers written to/by/about Dwinelle
covering his time on the San Francisco City Counsel and as Regent of the University of California. They also contain his diary
(and transcripts) of his journey from New York to California by sea via Panama in 1849.
Dwinelle was born in 1816 in Cazenovia, NY, and was descended by William Whipple, one of the signers of the Declaration of
Independence, on his mother’s side. His father, Hon. Justin Dwinelle, was in Congress from 1823-1845 and later the Judge of
Common Pleas in his district. In 1834 John Dwinelle graduated from Hamilton College and took a position in the Supreme Court
and Court of Chancery in New York. He left for Ann Arbor, MI, in 1838 to work in their Supreme Court but returned to Rochester
after an illness. Dwinelle also edited several local newspapers. He was the city attorney of Rochester, NY from 1844-1845
and the Master of Chancery and Injunction Master from 1845-1849.