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Price (Rodman M.) Papers
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A collection of material related to the American naval officer, and New Jersey politician, Rodman M. Price.
Rodman McCamley Price was born in Sussex County, New Jersey in 1816; he married Matilda C. Trenchard. In 1840 he was appointed as a purser in the U. S. Navy; he served on the steam frigates "Fulton" and "Missouri" and on the sloop of war "Cyane." In 1846 the "Cyane" brought Price to Monterey, California, where he took part in the occupation, and for a short time, acted as alcalde and prefect. In 1848, Price was appointed naval agent at San Francisco and was a member of San Francisco's first municipal council; he was also a member of the California Constitutional Convention in 1849. During this time, Price invested heavily in San Francisco real estate. He returned to New Jersey in 1850 and with his partner, Samuel Ward, established the New York office of Ward and Price, Bankers and Agents for California; this business ultimately failed in 1851. In New Jersey he ran as a staunch Democrat and served as congressman from 1851 to 1853 and as governor from 1854 to 1857. After his return to private life, Price engaged in several profitable business enterprises; he died in Oakland, New Jersey, in June 1894.
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