This file contains correspondence between C. W. Ramsdell of the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin and
Los Angeles lawyer Grant Jackson from 1923, regarding biographical information on Judge Volney E. Howard (1809-1889) and his
involvement in the Commission to Settle Private Land Claims in California in the 1850s.
Volney Erskine Howard (1809, October 22 – 1889, May 14) was an American lawyer, statesman, and jurist.The Commission to Settle Private Land Claims was set up in San Francisco by act of Congress, the California Land Act of 1851,
"to ascertain and settle private land claims" which derived from Spanish and Mexican grants in California. The Commission
was active from 1851 to 1856, and there were some 813 such claims brought before the Commission.
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