Famous People of the California Gold Rush by Adela Sanders

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									Famous People of
 the California
   Gold Rush

              Compiled by
           Kimberley Maywald
             February, 2007
These were all people who became famous without mining
                        for gold!
John Sutter
      Envisioned an
       agricultural empire
       near the American
       River
      Wanted discovery of
       gold kept secret
      Never did appreciate
       the opportunities of
       the Gold Rush, and
       left California
       penniless
James Marshall
       Discovered gold
        pebbles while building
        Sutter’s Mill
       Feared the effects of
        potential prospectors,
        who eventually forced
        him off his land
       Also died nearly
        penniless
Henry Wells and William Fargo
              Decided to profit from
               Gold Rush by
               providing services to
               miners
              Created Wells, Fargo
               & Co. for banking,
               mail, and stage coach
               services
              Generated
               tremendous wealth as
               entrepreneurs
Levi Strauss
      Ran a successful dry-
       goods store
      Patented canvas
       pants with riveted
       pockets
      Now called Levis
Mark Twain
     Born Samuel
      Clemens
     Headed West for the
      Gold Rush
     Became a famous
      writer of his
      experiences
Sam Brannan
      Bought all mining
       tools in area
      Announced gold was
       found
      Made a fortune
       selling tools, then
       other necessities, to
       miners
      Became a millionaire
            Lotta Crabtree
Began acting on
 stages at age 6
Made lots of money
 entertaining miners
Later traveled the
 world
             Nellie Chapman
 Married a dentist and
  studied dentistry from
  him
 Later practiced as a
  dentist with her own
  patients
 She also wrote and
  composed: a talented
  lady!
              Eliza Farnham
• As a young widow,
  she was matron of
  Sing Sing prison
• Believed women
  would “civilize” the
  miners
• Advocated social
  reforms
           Georgiana Kirby
A pioneer of Santa
 Cruz during the Gold
 Rush
Advocated education,
 freedom, and equal
 rights for all
Has a private school
 named for her
                                     Resources
Picture credits:                                         All ClipArt from Microsoft ClipArt
Sam Brannan, William Fargo, James Marshall, Levis Strauss, John Sutter, & Henry Wells from
     en.wikipedia.org
Mark Twain: www.marktwainhouse.org
Eliza Farnham & Georgiana Kirby: www.goldrush.com/~joann/
Nellie Chapman: www.ncgold.com/goldrushtown/people/html.
Lotta Crabtree: www.ncgold.com/History/LottaCrabtree/lotta.html

Information:
Most of the information regarding the men came from the PBS movie “The Gold Rush”, directed by
     Boettcher & Trinklein, 1996.
Eliza Farnham & Georgiana Kirby: www.goldrush.com/~joann/
Lotta Crabtree: www.ncgold.com/History/LottaCrabtree/lotta.html
Nellie Chapman: www.ncgold.com/goldrushtown/people/html

Video Clips from United Streaming:chp890500 and chp905920

Excellent sites for the Gold Rush:
www.historichwy49.com
www.museumca.org/goldrush/
www.ncgold.com/goldrushtown/

								
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