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Henry Harrison Markham (November 16, 1840 – October 9, 1923) was a Republican United States Representative from California from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1887. Declining to run for re-election to Congress in 1886, he ran four years later to become the 18th governor of California, serving from January 8, 1891 until January 11, 1895.

Henry Harrison Markham
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18th Governor of California
In office
January 8, 1891 – January 11, 1895
LieutenantJohn B. Reddick
Preceded byRobert Waterman
Succeeded byJames Budd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byWilliam Vandever
Personal details
Born(1840-11-16)November 16, 1840
Wilmington, New York
DiedOctober 9, 1923(1923-10-09) (aged 82)
Pasadena, California
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionLawyer, soldier and politician
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
RankSecond Lieutenant
Unit32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsCivil War

Markham was born in Wilmington, New York. During the Civil War, he enlisted as a private in Company G, 32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment; he was promoted to second lieutenant. Markham was part of General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. He was wounded at the battle of Whippy Swamp in 1865, and discharged.

After the war Markham returned to Wisconsin and settled in Milwaukee, where he studied law and passed the bar in 1867. He practiced law in Milwaukee in the state and federal courts. Markham moved with his family to Pasadena in 1879 and continued to practice law. In Pasadena Markham was on the school board and was one of the founders of the Pasadena public library. He was also part of the Calico Union Mining Company. During his run for governor he was referred to as "the dashing colonel from Pasadena." He was a long time member of the Pasadena Republican Club. He died in his adopted hometown of Pasadena and is interred in Mountain View Cemetery in nearby Altadena.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Henry Markham (id: M000134)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • "Henry Harrison Markham Biography and Inauguration Speech". The Governors' Gallery. The California State Library. January 11, 1895. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  • Treasure from the Painted Hills: A History of Calico, California, 1882-1907, page 18, By Douglas W. Steeples, David O. Whitten

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Waterman
Governor of California
1891–1895
Succeeded by
James Budd
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
None
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

1885–1887
Succeeded by
William Vandever