Papers belonging to California lawyer and politician Sherman Otis Houghton.
Sherman Otis Houghton, a California lawyer and politician, was born in New York and came to California with the 1st Regiment
of New York Volunteers in 1847. He settled in San Jose and became mayor in 1853. He was admitted to the bar in 1857. He married
two survivors of the Donner Party. In 1859 he married Mary Donner, and in 1861, after her death, he married her cousin Eliza
Poor Donner; both of their parents died during the crossing of the Sierra Nevada in 1846. From 1871 to 1873 he represented
California in the National House of Representatives. Houghton died in Los Angeles in August 1914.
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