These papers deal mainly with the politics of the period, but include many from his files, dealing with mining and his other
business interests. The following subjects are of particular interest and importance:
Henry Harrison Markham was born in Wilmington, Essex Co., N. Y., 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 term.
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