Harriet Williams Russell Strong (1844-1926) was a California businesswoman and social
leader. Harriet Strong was the daughter of Henry Pierrepont Russell, Adjutant General of
Nevada. She received her education at Miss Mary Atkin's Young Ladies Seminary at Benicia,
California, and later married Charles Lyman Strong, superintendent of the Gould and Curry
Mine in Virginia City, Nevada. He later resigned from Gould and Curry and the family moved
to Oakland, California. In the 1860s they purchased a portion of Pio Pico's ranch near
Whittier, California, and, at the same time, Charles pursued other mining ventures in
Arizona, California, and Nevada. After Charles took his own life in 1883, Harriet settled on
the ranch in Whittier and took over the management of the property, devising new types of
crops, business methods, and flood control. She became an active clubwoman in Los Angeles
and was influential in both business and cultural circles.
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