John Henry Hobart Peshine Papers mssPeshine
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Title: John Henry Hobart Peshine papers
Peshine, John Henry Hobart, 1847-1920
Identifier/Call Number: mssPeshine
6 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1849-1903
Date (bulk): 1893-1897
Abstract: A collection of material related to the
life and work of American dipolomat John Henry Hobart Peshine.
Language of Material: Materials are in English and
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Mary D. Anchordoquy, November 1938.
Biographical / Historical
John Henry Hobart Peshine (1847-1928) was an American military officer and diplomat.
Peshine was born in Newark, New Jersey and at the age of 15 was appointed midshipman at the
U. S. Naval Academy, but resigned in 1864 and accepted a commission in the Army. From 1893
to 1897 he served as military attaché at the court of King Alfonso XIII of Spain; during
that time he provided the Department of State with detailed information on the Spanish
military establishment. Peshine then served in the Philippines during and after the war with
Spain; he retired from active duty in 1903 due to ill health and died in Santa Barbara,
California, in May 1928.
Scope and Contents
A collection of 850 items from 1849 to 1903; the collection chiefly contains drafts of his
dispatches to the Department of State sent during his tenure as U.S. military attaché in
Madrid, Spain. Also included are reports on the Spanish military and diplomatic
establishment, information about the Spanish forces in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the
Philippines. The collecion also contains a small amount of biographical material, family
correspondence, and California land papers relating to the affairs of Peshine's
father-in-law, Dr. James L. Ord.
Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1940. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the
finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.
Former call number: mssPeshine papers.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Diplomats -- United States
Military attachés -- United States
Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Diplomatic history
Cuba -- History -- Revolution,
Philippines -- History --
Puerto Rico -- History -- To
Spain -- Foreign relations -- United States
Spain -- History, Military
Spain -- History -- Alfonso XIII,
United States -- Foreign relations --
United States -- History,
United States -- Politics and Government
Dispatches -- United States -- 19th century
Government records -- United States -- 19th century
Personal papers -- United States -- 19th century
Professional papers -- United States -- 19th century
Property records -- California -- 19th century
United States. Department
Official Dispatches to Washington
Official Dispatches to Washington; Diplomatic and Military
1896 July-1897 September
Material relating to the Philippines; Reports on Cuban Affairs and Puerto
Material on Spanish Military establishments
Biographic data, California land papers, miscellaneous items