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Guide to the John Bidwell Papers, 1841-1917
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Correspondence, notes, legal and business papers.
John Bidwell was born in Chautauqua, N.Y., August 5, 1819. He came to California in 1841 with the Bartleson-Bidwell party. He was employed at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento and purchased Rancho del Arroyo Chico (now the city of Chico) in1849. An agriculturalist and philanthropist, he was a delegate to the California Constitutional Convention in 1849. He served as State Senator from 1849 to1850 and as California Representative to Congress in 1865/1867. He was a candidate for President in 1892. He died in Chico, April 4, 1900.
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