Governor #3, Bigler

California’s third governor was a Pennsylvania native and self-educated lawyer who came west in 1849 with thousands of others during the Gold Rush. John Bigler  settled in Sacramento, where his kindness and selfless aid to sufferers during the 1850 cholera epidemic was widely applauded.  Until 1863, when the term limit Continue reading Governor #3, Bigler

The Pioneers: Thomas Oliver Larkin

A successful North Carolina shopkeeper by age 20 but broke by 28 when he returned to his native Boston, Thomas O. Larkin sailed to California laden with trading goods after learning that his half-brother John Rogers Cooper needed help in his California trading business. On shipboard with him was Rachel Hobson Holmes, a Continue reading The Pioneers: Thomas Oliver Larkin

Pioneer Governors: George Stoneman 1883-1887

George Stoneman

George Stoneman was born in Busti, New York, on August 28, 1822. He attended Jamestown Academy in Jamestown, New York and graduated with high honors from Point Military Academy in 1842. He served in Continue reading Pioneer Governors: George Stoneman 1883-1887