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Guide to the James William Denver Letters, 1851-1863
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    Title: James William Denver Letters,
    Date (inclusive): 1851-1863
    Box Number: 1992-1993
    Creator: Denver, James William, 1817-1892
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

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    Please credit California State Library.

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    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

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

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    California--Politics and government--1850-1950.
    Denver, James William, 1817-1892.
    Sacramento (Calif.)--History.




    James William Denver was a lawyer and a soldier. In the spring of 1850, attracted by the gold discoveries in California, he traveled to Sacramento by way of Salt Lake and engaged in trading. He was elected state senator and served during 1852-53. In 1852 Gov. Bigler placed him in command of the supply trains which had been provided for the assistance of overland immigrants who were pouring over the mountains and meeting with great hardships. Bitter criticism of the project by Edward Gilbert, editor in chief of the Daily Alta California, resulted in a duel between Gilbert and Denver on Aug. 2, 1852, in which Gilbert was killed.
    Early in 1853 Denver became Secretary of State for California and was later elected as a Democrat to the 34th Congress.
    The city of Denver was named in his honor.


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    • Bell, Edwin
    • Bequette, P.
    • Bradford, Abram Clarke
    • Brown, H. M. C.
    • Burson, Lewis M.
    • Clark, S. M.
    • Dameron, W. B.
    • Denver, Arthur St. Clair
    • Denver, Eliza
    • Denver, Frank
    • Dosh, Samuel H.
    • Ely, James F.
    • Estill, James Madison
    • Ferguson, John
    • French, William T.
    • Fry, J. D.
    • Hanscom, Isaiah
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