Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889

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Dates:
Birth 1819-03-02
Death 1889-05-14
English

Biographical notes:

Sam Brannan (1819-1889) was born in Maine and moved to Ohio as a teenager. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1844 began printing The Prophet, a Mormon newspaper, in New York. In 1846 Brannan sailed aboard the Brooklyn with about 240 other Mormons to San Francisco, where he was made first president of the California mission and established the California Star as the first newspaper in San Francisco. In 1848 Brannan traveled to Sutter's Mill as a representative of the LDS Church, and he was active in both advertising the discovery of gold and collecting tithes from Mormon prospectors. He also opened a goods store for miners and was accused of using the tithes he collected to fund his own ventures. He helped organize the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance, and following his involvement in a murder committed by the group was disfellowshipped from the LDS Church. In 1853 he was elected to the California State Senate and throughout the 1850s and 1860s he purchased large amounts of land in California, founded the Society of California Pioneers, founded the Napa Valley Railroad Company, worked as a brewer, and speculated on land in Mexico. He died in Escondido, California, in 1889.

From the description of Accounts of the Mormons in California, c.1878. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 772469822

American pioneer, businessman, publisher, and socal activist. Brannan led a colony of Mormons to California and was the first president of the Committee of Vigilance in San Francisco. He was also the publisher of the California Star, the first newspaper in San Francisco.

From the description of Receipt, 1847. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122367762

California pioneer.

From the description of Letter : Escondido, Calif., to William H. Davis, 1888 Oct. 5. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 52428206

Mormon Church leader, California pioneer, and colonizer in Mexico.

From the description of Correspondence, 1880-1888. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122638621

Samuel Brannan (1819-1889) was a California pioneer, a colonizer in Mexico, and a Mormon Church leader for a time. He took the first group of Mormons to California on the ship Brooklyn in 1846. Brannan then set up a general store on John Sutter's settlement in Sacramento and after widely publicizing the find of gold, became the first millionaire in California after selling his goods to incomers looking for gold. He set up multiple banks, telegraph, and railroad companies, and he was the founder of Calistoga.

From the description of Samuel Brannan letters, photographs, and other material, 1837-1890. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367901722

Samuel Brannan (1819-1889) was a California pioneer, a colonizer in Mexico, and a Mormon Church leader for a time.

Samuel Brannan (1819-1889) was a California pioneer, a colonizer in Mexico, and a Mormon Church leader for a time. He took the first group of Mormons to California on the ship Brooklyn in 1845. Brannan then set up a general store on John Sutter’s settlement in Sacramento and after widely publicizing the find of gold, became the first millionaire in California after selling his goods to incomers looking for gold. He set up multiple banks, telegraph, and railroad companies, and he was the founder of Calistoga.

From the guide to the Sam Brannan papers, 1837-1890, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

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Subjects:

  • Immigration and American Expansion
  • Voyages to the Pacific coast
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • Gold mines and mining--History--19th century
  • Mormons--History--19th century
  • Land settlement
  • Bonds
  • Pioneers
  • Gold mines and mining--California--History--19th century
  • Businessmen--Biography--Sources

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  • California (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • Mexico (as recorded)
  • Escondido (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California--Sonora (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • San Francisco (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • San Francisco (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • Sonora (Mexico : State) (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • San Francisco (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • Sonora (Calif.) (as recorded)