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Haight (Henry Huntley) Papers
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A collection of material related to the personal and professional life of Henry Huntley Haight, lawyer, businessman and governor of California.
Henry Huntley Haight (1825-1878) was born in New York, the eldest son of Fletcher Matthews Haight, a prominent lawyer. Henry Haight graduated from Yale University in 1844 and two years later was admitted to the bar in St. Louis, Missouri. Haight practiced law there with his father until 1850, when he traveled to California and settled in San Francisco; he married Anna E. Bissell of St. Louis in 1855. Haight practiced law in San Francisco until 1867, when, as a candidate of the Democratic party he was elected governor of California. As governor, he was a leader in the fight against railroad subsidies and during his term Haight established the University of California in 1868. After losing his bid for reelection in 1871, Haight returned to private practice until his death in Alameda, California, in 1878.
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