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Guide to the Amos Parmalee Catlin Papers, 1850-1900
149-150; 500  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Biography
  • Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Amos Parmalee Catlin Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1850-1900
    Box Number: 149-150; 500
    Creator: Catlin, Amos Parmalee, 1823-1900
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Amos Parmalee Catlin Papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Catlin, Amos Parmalee, 1823-1900
    Judah, Theodore D. (Theodore Dehone), 1828-1863
    Natomas Water and Mining Company
    California--Politics and government--1850-1950
    San Francisco (Calif.)--History
    Pacific railroads--Early projects


    Business papers, correspondence, legal papers, Natomas Company papers, scrapbooks.


    Amos P. Catlin was born in New York January 25, 1823, where he studied law and came to California in 1849. He formed a law partnership in Sacramento with John Currey in 1850. In 1851, he organized the Natomas Water and Mining Company to provide water from the American River for agriculture and mining. In 1852, he was elected State Senator for Sacramento and was instrumental in permanently locating the state capital at Sacramento. He helped to defeat a scheme to extend the waterfront of San Francisco 600 feet further into the bay. In 1863, he argued the Leidesdorff ranch case before the United States Supreme Court and won the case. He was a friend of Theodore D. Judah and defended his reputation in articles appearing the the Sacramento Union. He subsequently served as editor of the Sacramento Unionand a judge of the Superior court. He died in Sacramento on November 8, 1900.


    Major Correspondents

    • Currey, John E. B.
    • Cutler, Luther C.
    • Judah, Anna

    Other Correspondents

    • Arrowsmith, A. J
    • Brooks, L. B.
    • Catlin, George, 1796-1872
    • Clark, B. F.
    • Crocker, E. B.
    • Denman, Charles L.
    • Egbert, J. D.
    • Faulkner, Charles. D.
    • Gass, J. H.
    • Harmon, John B.
    • Hill, C. H.
    • Horton, A. J.
    • Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900
    • Jenkins, Charles M.
    • Judah, Theodore D. (Theodore Dehone), 1828-1863
    • Kellum, H. F.
    • Kent, Jno.
    • Kneass, Dallas A.
    • Leaky, W. B.
    • Lorry, W. S.
    • McDowell, Thomas.
    • Meek, Washington
    • Messinger, W. L.
    • Mequillet, D.
    • Miller, William
    • Mills, Edgar
    • Mitchell, Charles
    • Nichols, C. P.
    • Poole, E. A.
    • Reilly, W. T.
    • Taylor, Frank F.
    • Thompson, H. A.
    • West, George R.
    • Woodford, E. L.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • Documents of the Natomas Company and its predecessors, 1851-1956 (c**TN 423 Z6 N25)