Papers of Robert W. Waterman, governor of California, 1887-1891, his wife Jane, and their six children. Included are letters,
diaries, legal and financial records, account books, speeches and clippings. Some papers relate to his governorship and to
politics. Letters written by him in the 1850s cover his journey to California and experiences in the mines. The bulk of the
papers, however, relate to the family's business interests--mines, railroads, ranch and dairy, and cattle breeding.
Robert Whitney Waterman was born in Herkimer County, New York, December 15, 1826. In 1839 he moved to Illinois and worked
as a clerk in a general store. By 1847, the year of his marriage to Jane Gardner, he owned his own store at Belvidere.
Number of containers: 14 cartons, 17 boxes, 4 volumes and 3 oversize folders
Linear feet: 28
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