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Finding Aid of Thomas Oliver Larkin Letters C057951
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: Larkin, Thomas Oliver, Letters
    Identifier/Call Number: C057951
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder 7 handwritten letters from Larkin to Edward L. William; 3 photocopies of a handwritten letter from Larkin
    Date (inclusive): 1816-1856
    Abstract: File contains 7 handwritten letters from Thomas O. Larkin to Edward L. William from 1856, and 3 photocopies of a handwritten letter from Larkin to the Consulate of the United States 1846 (3 copies of same letter).

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Gift of Mrs. Chas. L. Pioda, January 1, 1933.

    Preferred Citation note

    Thomas Oliver Larkin Letters. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 101 Montgomery St. Suite 150, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 94129.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Thomas Oliver Larkin was bron in Charleston, Massachusetts, September 16, 1802. In 1831, he boarded the Newcastle ship, and landed in San Francisco in April, 1832. He was able to purchase a sawmill in Santa Cruz in 1833, and later that year married his wife, Rachel. In 1835 he built California's first two-story house, which still remains in Monterey. In the 1840s, his political participation gained him recognition from President Tyler, who appointed Larkin the American consul in Alta, California, in 1843. He had a strong role in the Mexican-American war, and later acquired several rancheros. In 1858, he contracted typhoid and died within a week.

    Scope and Contents note

    File contains 7 handwritten letters from Thomas O. Larkin to Edward L. William from 1856, and 3 photocopies of a handwritten letter from Larkin to the Consulate of the United States 1846 (3 copies of same letter).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858
    William, Edward L.
    San Francisco (Calif.)