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San Francisco, 1800s


(The) Alleghanians: Monumental City, May 17, 1852
Arrowsmiths, Cartographers
William H. Aspinwall: 1855
Atwill & Co.

Charles L. Bache
Mr. Lewis Baker and Mrs. Alexina Fisher Baker: SS Pacific, February 5, 1852
The Batemen Children: S.S. John L. Stephens, April 4, 1854
John B. Barrett, Editor, San Francisco Examiner
James H. Barry, Publisher, The Star (San Francisco Star)
Ernest Bazin
Lieut. E. F. Beale
Bell and Norris
Albert Bierstadt
Isabella L. Bird
Madame Biscaccianti
Madam Anna Bishop, Brother Jonathan, February 2, 1854
Alma Blethen (Daughter of Captain James H. Blethen; Wife of Dr. Edward George)
Blethens in San Francisco during the 1800s
George Boole, Ship Owner, Ship Builder
Samuel Brannan: Brooklyn, July 31, 1846
William H. Brewer, in California 1860-1864
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
R. R. Buckelew, Californian Editor
Bummer and Lazarus
Charles Burke, Comedian: Brother Jonathan, March 26, 1854
David H. Burr, Cartographer
Sir Richard Burton

Building the Railroad.


California Pioneers (The Society of)
E. P. Christy and his celebrated band of Minstrels, SS Golden Age, October 16, 1854
Antoine Cherbok, Molokans
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
Cochituate Mining Co., Civilian, April 5, 1850
J. H. Coghill, Esq.
James Mudge Cole
Henry Comstock
William Copeland (Johan Martinius Thoresen)
William A. Coulter, 1949-1936
Charles Crocker
Patrick Crowley
J. M. Cunard: Barque Canton, July 28, 1851

Richard Henry Dana
Davis & Jordan
DeWitt and Harrison
The DeYoungs
George W. Dickie
Peter Donahue, Donohue's Iron Foundry
The Drumm of Drumm Street
"Lord" Darrell Duppa
Dupuy, Foulkes & Co., Wine Merchants from Germany: July 10 from Hamburg on the Brig Johanna Cristophe

William M. Eddy: US Oregon, June 13, 1849

Charles Snowden Fairfax
Capt Farragut, U.S.N.: SS Cortes, September 14, 1854
Bernardo Fernandez
John C. Fremont

John W. Geary: SS Oregon, April 1, 1849
Ghirardelli (The Chocolate Family)
E. Goddard
George Gordon, October 1849
George W. Gore
Gray's Harbor Commercial
Richard Graham, 1849

Richard Hakluyt
Agaston Haraszthy: 1856
Stephen R. Harris, M.D.: SS Panama, June 6, 1849
DeWitt and Harrison
K. Haskell, Painter
Wiska Hauser: SS Brother Jonathan, February 2, 1853
Alexander Hay, Shipbuilder
Truman Head (California Joe)
George Hearst, 1850s
Sigismund Herrman, German Benevolent Society
Ben Holladay, West Coast shipping magnate
Moses and Mark Hopkins: SS Columbus, May 23, 1851
James M. Hutchings, "Hutchings California Magazine"
The Rich Men of San Francisco. Daily Alta California. 1865.
Theodore D. Judah: SS Pacific, May 4, 1854

Hawaiian Princes Kamehameha and Lehiliho: SS California, August 23, 1850
Thomas Keane
Denis Kearney

Thomas O. Larkin: Newcastle, April 1832
Madame Laurustinus
Mr. Lavenu: SS Brother Jonathan, September 20, 1853
William Alexander Leidesdorff
Frank Leslie's Illlustrated Newspapers
Levison Brothers
James Lick, Lick Observatory
Jose Yves Limantour
Capt. Francis J. Lippitt
J.M. Litchfield
Charles B. Loomis (and H. Loomis)
Charles Lux, Cattle Baron

The Marsh Troupe
Stephen Massett 1849
Thomas Jefferson Mateson, 1849
Thomas McCarty: 1852
Donald McKay
Henry Meiggs: Albany, January 11,1849
Samuel Merritt
Liet. W. Michler, U. S. A. SS Golden Age, October 16, 1854
Henry Miller, Cattle King
Joaquin Miller
Lola Montez
Mormon Island Mining Association
Eadweard Muybridge

Charles Christian Nahl: 1851
The Newhalls: C. Newhall arrived on the S.S. Tennessee on April 14, 1850
Jonathan Nichols: Eliza, 1848
Charles Nordhoff: 1830-1901
Bell and Norris
Joshua "Emperor" Norton I

Frederick Law Olmstead

Theodore Payne: SS Panama, 1849
Archibald C. Peachy, Esq.
Charles M. Perkins
George Perkins, Goodall & Perkins
Madame Pfeiffer
The Phelans
Parley P. Pratt, Orion, 1822
General William H. Pratt, California, 1849


Mr. Ralston, Agent, Independent Opposition Line
William A. Richardson, Orion, August 1822
Caroline Richings
James Roberts, Prospector
James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, 1869-1934
Francis Hanford Russel, Brig Osceola, August 4, 1849

Tom Sawyer
Mrs. Catherine Sinclair
John Sinclair
J. Smith
Jedediah Smith
Joseph F. Smith, Missionary
John D. Spreckels, 1853-1926
C. A. Spreckels
Rudolph Spreckels
Leland Stanford: July 12, 1852, SS Independence from San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Stone Family, Shipbuiders: William Irving Stone, Frank Stone, Lester Stone
Maurice Strakosch: July 1, 1854, celebrated pianist arrives on SS John L. Stephens
L. Strauss: Noted as a passenger on the S.S. Lewis, October 31, 1853 and S.S. Tennessee on March 6, 1853
Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro (1830-1898)
John Augustus Sutter

W. H. Talbot
C. A. Thayer: SS California July 7, 1853
The Tobins: Richard Tobin, 1849 from Valparaiso; J. W. and W. Tobin, SS Tennessee, April 14, 1850; Mrs. A. J. Tobin, SS Panama, September 22, 1850; J. M. Tobin 1853; J. Tobin 1854
George Muirson Totten (Panama Railroad)
Leon Trousset, Artist
Matthew Turner, Master Mariner and Shipbuilder
John H. Turney
Mark Twain

General M. G. Vallejo
The Vigilance Committee

William H. Webb, Ship Builder
Raphael Weill
Captain Whiting, Engineer, Fort Point, 1853
Frederick Whymper
Dr. F. P. Wierzbicki (and his "Advice to the Miner")
James R. Willoughby, on wrecked ship Independence, February 1853


Marquis Field Marshal Yamagata
Henry W. Young, Lighthouse Keeper
Alexandre Zins, Artist

The Annals of San FranciscoThe Annals of San Francico 1855.
Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, Jim Nisbet. 1855
Written by three journalists who were witnesses to and participants in the extraordinary events they describe. The Annals of San Francisco is both an essential record for historians and a fascinating narrative for general readers. Over 100 historical engravings are included. Partial Contents: Expeditions of Viscaino; Conduct of the Fathers towards the natives; Pious Fund of California; Colonel John C. Fremont; Insurrection of the Californians; Description of the Golden Gate; The Presidio of San Francisco; Removal of the Hudson's Bay Company; Resolutions concerning gambling; General Effects of the Gold Discoveries; Third Great Fire; Immigration diminished; The Chinese in California; Clipper Ships; Increase of population; and Commercial depression.

San Francisco, You're History!
Politicians, Proselytizers, Paramours, and Performers Who Helped Create California's Wildest City
Politicians, Proselytizers, Paramours, Performers.
California Performers.
J. Kingston Pierce
Seattle-based freelance writer Pierce presents a fascinating view of a variety of colorful people and events that have molded the unique environment of San Francisco. He chronicles historical highlights along with a focus on current issues. Pierce touches on the gold rush, earthquakes, and fires and introduces the lives of politicians, millionaires, criminals, and eccentrics. Pierce sparks the imagination in relating the stories of yesterday to today.

When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of SailWhen America First Met China.
Eric Jay Dolin
Ancient China collides with America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships. Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin traces our relationship with China back to its roots: the nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a ancient empire. It is a fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China. The furious trade in furs, opium, and bêche-de-mer -- a rare sea cucumber delicacy -- might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe. Peopled with fascinating characters--from Robert Morris: Financier of the American RevolutionRobert Morris, Financier of the American Revolution. to the The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong: Splendors of China's Forbidden City, who considered foreigners inferior beings -- this saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-read for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's MayflowerMayflower. or Mark Kurlansky's Cod.Cod, the fish that changd the world. Two maps, 16 pages of color, 83 black-and-white illustrations.

Latin America, World Journeys, Discovery.The Age of Sail.Commodore Levy:
A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail

(Modern Jewish History)

Irving Litvag
By all accounts, Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish commodore in the U.S. Navy, was both a principled and pugnacious man. On his way to becoming a flag officer, he was subjected to six courts-martial and engaged in a duel, all in response to antisemitic taunts and harassment from his fellow officers. Yet he never lost his love of country or desire to serve in its navy. When the navy tried to boot him out, he took his case to the highest court and won. This richly detailed historical novel closely follows the actual events of Levy’s life: running away from his Philadelphia home to serve as a cabin boy at age ten; his service during the War of 1812 aboard the Argus and internment at the notorious British prison at Dartmoor;  his campaign for the abolition of flogging in the Navy; and his purchase and restoration of Monticello as a tribute to his personal hero, Thomas Jefferson. Set against a broad panorama of U.S. history, Commodore Levy describes the American Jewish community from 1790 to 1860, the beginnings of the U.S. Navy, and the great nautical traditions of the Age of Sail before its surrender to the age of steam.

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Maritime Nations, Ships, Sea Captains, Merchants, Merchandise, Ship Passengers, and VIPs sailing into San Francisco during the 1800s.



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