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Guide to the William Higby Letters, 1837-1859
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    Title: William Higby Letters,
    Date (inclusive): 1837-1859
    Box Number: 218
    Creator: Higby, William, 1813-1887
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

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    [Identification of item], William Higby Letters, California State Library.

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    California--Gold discoveries
    San Francisco (Calif.)--History
    Calaveras County (Calif.)--History
    California--Politics and government
    Higby, William, 1813-1887


    Letters of William Higby to his mother and father.


    William Higby was born in New York August 18, 1813. He was a lawyer by profession, coming to California in 1850. He practiced law in San Francisco, then mined for gold at Mokelumne Hill. He was elected District Attorney of Calaveras County (1843-59) and was later elected to the State Senate (1863). In 1863, Higby was elected to Congress serving three terms (1863-68). In 1877, he became Internal Revenue Collector for California. He died at Santa Rosa, California, November 26, 1887.


    • Higby, William, 1813-1887