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Finding aid of the Gen. David Douty Colton Papers C057959
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  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Donor
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note

  • Title: Colton, David Douty, Gen.
    Identifier/Call Number: C057959
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Container: 3-18C
    Container: C057959
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder 11 items
    Date: 1878 and undated
    Abstract: This folder contains ten newspaper obituaries and one undated name card from Mrs. Ellen Colton.
    creator: Colton, David Douty, Gen., b. 07/17/1831; d. 10/09/1878

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107

    Scope and Contents note

    This folder contains ten newspaper obituaries and one undated name card from Mrs. Ellen Colton.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Colton was born the son of Isaac W. Colton and Abigail Douty in Monson, ME on July 17, 1831. His family went West when he was 5, and finally endedup in Galesburg, IL. At 17 he began teaching in the neighboring town of Berlin. By 1850 Colton was engaged to Ellen M. White. Their betrothal was contingent upon him finding wealth and success in California, and he moved to Sacramento in July. His mining career was cut short when he nearly died of typhoid fever. He retired to San Francisco and by the winter of 1850 he had sailed to Portland, OR. There he failed at both teaching school and practising law. In the spring of 1851 he joined a prospecting party at Shasta Butte. He nearly died again, this time at the hands of a Klamath Indian tribe lead by "Chinook Chief". After he successfully fought off the attacks he was elected Sheriff and soon after married Ellen. After a heated battle with the local citizenry over lynching regulations he was promoted to Brigadier-General of Militia. In 1857 he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Democratic State Senator of California, but by 1859 he graduated from law school. He lived in Colton House on one of the hilly sides of California Street.


    W. F. Chipwau (?), 07/27/1931

    Preferred Citation note

    Gen. David Douty Colton Papers. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Francisco (Calif.) - Newspapers