George and Mae Worswick Papers

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History San Jose Research Library
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Descriptive Summary

Title: George and Mae Worswick Papers
Dates: 1882-1938
Collection Number: 1988-57
Creator/Collector: Worswick, George Draper Worswick, Mary L. Worswick, Mildred
Extent: .75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Repository: History San Jose Research Library
San Jose, California 95112
Abstract: Papers of George Draper Worswick and his wife Mary ("Mae") Holcomb Worswick, including personal correspondence and a scrapbook of political clippings related to Worswick's two terms as mayor of San Jose, California.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

George and Mae Worswick Papers. History San Jose Research Library

Acquisition Information

Donated to the San Jose Historical Museum in 1988 by the Estate of Mildred Worswick, daughter of George and Mae

Biography/Administrative History

George Draper Worswick was born in 1881 in Kingston, Upper Canada, and later moved to Ketchum, Idaho, where he operated a fruit and produce store in the 1880s. He courted Mary "Mae" Holcolm while she resided in Caldwell, Idaho, and they married in 1886. After moving to San Jose, Worswick served two terms as Mayor of San Jose, beginning in 1902. He ran as a Citizen's Candidate, on a Progressive platform, for good government. In addition, Worswick owned Cherryvale Orchards and acted as local agent for the California Pine Box and Lumber Company. He died unexpectedly in 1921, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. Son George, Jr., served in the U.S. Navy, and daughter Mildred resided in San Jose.

Scope and Content of Collection

Personal correspondence makes up a large portion of the papers, including letters to and from George and Mae Worswick during their courtship and marriage, and letters to daughter Mildred from her family members. In addition, a small collection of real estate and financial papers are included. A scrapbook documents George Worswick's political career as a Progressive "Citizen's" candidate, serving as mayor of San Jose from 1902-1906. See attached inventory for details.

Indexing Terms

Mayors--California--San Jose
Progressivism (United States politics)
San Jose (Calif.)--Politics and government
Nineteen hundreds (Decade)
San Jose (Calif.)
Ketchum (Idaho)
Caldwell (Idaho)

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