Finding aid of the Gen. David Douty Colton Papers C057959

Finding aid prepared by Alexandria Brown
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849

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