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Inventory of the Henry H. Markham Papers, approx. 1867-1899
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Subject matter
  • Some important or interesting items

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Henry H. Markham Papers,
    Date (inclusive): approx. 1867-1899
    Creator: Markham, Henry H.
    Extent: 2615 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The papers were acquired in March, 1936, a gift of Mrs. Hildreth (Markham) West.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Henry H. Markham Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    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.
    His business enterprises were rather varied, but his chief interests were in gold and silver mining.
    He died October 9, 1923, and was survived by his wife, Mary Adams (Dana), of Waukesha, Wis., and four daughters.

    Subject matter

    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:
    1. Mining in California and Arizona
    2. Political trend in California; Gubernatorial campaign of 1890
    3. Election of President McKinley

    Some important or interesting items

    • Davis, John F. Letters concerning presidential election of 1896. April 2 - Nov. 5, 1896.
    • Dougherty, O. R. Letter to Markham concerning possible change in location of Pasadena Post Office. Dec. 9, 1885.
    • Fording, T. J. Letter regarding the silver question. Jan. 11, 1886.
    • Jones, John W. Letter to H. H. Markham commenting on and enclosing a clipping relating to the part Senator Stanford took in the California campaign of 1890. Nov. 10, 1890.
    • Otis, Harrison Gray. Letters to H. H. Markham relating to political conditions and current affairs. Jan. 6, 1885 to April 13, 1897.
    • Sawyer, Lorenzo. Letter concerning bill to create U. S. Court known as Southern District of California. Jan 24, 1886.
    • Smith, George Hugh. Letter also concerning above-mentioned bill. Jan. 14, 1886.
    • Letters of the following concerning Railroad Strike of 1894.
      • California. Adjutant-General's Office. Sept. 8, 1894
      • Dickinson. John H. Aug. 30, 1894
      • Dimond, William H. Aug. 29, 1894
      • Sheehan, T. W. Aug. 30, 1894
      • Smedberg, W. R. c. 1894
    • Mining matters:
      • Clancy, William. Dec. 6, 1881 - June 19, 1882. (8 pcs.)
      • Smith, Gardner H. Jan. 16 - Dec. 23, 1897. (7 pcs.)
      • Thompson, M. J. Mar. 25 - May 25, 1897. (4 pcs.)