This collection consists of letters and documents related to the life and interests of California governor Henry Harrison
Subjects include: political trends in California, the California gubernatorial campaign of 1890, the 1896 election of President
and mining in California and Arizona (including some deeds of mining claims and reports).
Henry Harrison Markham (1840-1923) was born in Wilmington, Essex County, New York, on November 16, 1840. He
received his education in his native town, and in Wheeler's Academy, in Vermont. In 1861 he
entered the army and served in the infantry throughout the Civil War, being honorably
discharged after he was seriously wounded in the battle of River's Bridge in 1865. He
practised law in Wisconsin from 1867 until 1879, when he moved to California. He settled in
Pasadena and soon became a prominent and influential citizen of the county. In 1884 he was
elected representative to Congress from the Sixth District and was successful in securing
passage of several important measures, such as the establishment of a national soldiers'
home in Santa Monica, and the securing of appropriations for improving various harbors on
the California coast. He was elected governor of the state in 1890, and served for one
Approximately 2,494 pieces in 24 boxes
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