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H. H. Markham Papers: Finding Aid
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This collection consists of letters and documents related to the life and interests of California governor Henry Harrison Markham (1867-1899). Subjects include: political trends in California, the California gubernatorial campaign of 1890, the 1896 election of President McKinley, and mining in California and Arizona (including some deeds of mining claims and reports).
Henry Harrison Markham (1840-1923) was born in Wilmington, Essex County, New York, on November 16, 1840. He received his education in his native town, and in Wheeler's Academy, in Vermont. In 1861 he entered the army and served in the infantry throughout the Civil War, being honorably discharged after he was seriously wounded in the battle of River's Bridge in 1865. He practised law in Wisconsin from 1867 until 1879, when he moved to California. He settled in Pasadena and soon became a prominent and influential citizen of the county. In 1884 he was elected representative to Congress from the Sixth District and was successful in securing passage of several important measures, such as the establishment of a national soldiers' home in Santa Monica, and the securing of appropriations for improving various harbors on the California coast. He was elected governor of the state in 1890, and served for one term.
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