Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889

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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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referencedIn MS 1326, Smith, John 1781-1854. John Smith papers 1833-1854 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Sam Brannan biographical sketch based on a dictation : ms. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf M205.1 P965 v. 1-2 1844-1845, Smith, William 1811-1893. The Prophet (Newspaper). Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Louis J. Stellman Papers, 1910-1989 California State Library
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Correspondence, 1880-1888. American Primers
referencedIn Stellman, Louis J. (Louis John), 1877-1961. Louis J. Stellman Papers, 1910-1989. California State Library
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Samuel Brannan letters, photographs, and other material, 1837-1890. American Primers
referencedIn San Francisco (Calif.). District. Blotter B: District record of land grants and deeds in the city of San Francisco, 1847-1849. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Letter: to the San Francisco Town Council /by Samuel Brannan, 1847 Oct 7. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Letter : Escondido, Calif., to William H. Davis, 1888 Oct. 5. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn An epistle of the Council of the Twelve Apostles to the Saints in California under Samuel Brannan, 1847 August 7 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Stellman, Louis J. (Louis John), 1877-1961. Sam Brannan : the Mormon Dynamo : ms, 1936. California Historical Society
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Accounts of the Mormons in California, c.1878. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Sam Brannan papers, 1837-1890 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Samuel Brannan letter to Castro : New York : ALS, 1879 Sept. 6. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf MS 15616, Blair, George Washington Thatcher 1903-1990. George W. Thatcher Blair collection 1837-1988 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Dunlap, Forence McClure. Sam Brannan, 1928. Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Receipt, 1847. American Primers
referencedIn Brodie, Fawn McKay, 1915-1981. Letter, 1946. American Primers
referencedIn Council of the Twelve Apostles (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). An epistle of the Council of the Twelve Apostles to the Saints in California under Samuel Brannan, 1847 August 7. American Primers
referencedIn Thompson & West. Records of Thompson & West, 1828-1891. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Rand, Charles Edward, 1833-. Letters, 1852-1857. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hutchinson, Fred C. (Fred Clarence), b. 1894. The history of Mary C. Norton and her kinsfolk : Berkeley, Calif. : TDS, [1946?]. California Historical Society
referencedIn Morris, John M., 1835-. John M. Morris diary and autobiography, 1885-1906. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Letter to Mr. Von Pfisten : New Helvetia, Calif. : ALS, 1848 June 27. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn MS 14052, Jameson family. Jameson family collection 1825-1938 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Samuel Brannan land transfer papers, 1865-1870. California State Library
referencedIn Miles, Samuel, Jr., 1826-1910. Autobiography [microform] (Typescript). American Primers
referencedIn Rogers, Lester Tinker, 1821-. Account of the discovery of gold in California / by Lester Tinker Rogers, ca. 1880. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Regular Union ticket : Lincoln and Johnson : [1864]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Moffat, Riley Moore, 1947-. The return of Sam Brannan to Hawaii / by Riley Moffat. American Primers
referencedIn Parks, Marian. California gold miners, 1848-1850 : Mormons in the Mother Lode, before 1988. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Bigler, Henry William, 1815-1900. Diary of a Mormon in California ..., 1872. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf MS 1352, Woodruff, Wilford 1807-1898. Wilford Woodruff journals and papers 1828-1898 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Thompson, De Witt C. (De Witt Clinton), b. 1826. DeWitt Clinton Thompson deeds, 1849. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Latta, Frank Forrest, 1892-. Frank F. Latta Collection: Skyfarming, 1802-1982 (bulk) 1860-1975. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889. Sam Brannan receipted bill : San Francisco : DS, 1848 Sept. 8. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn MS 3467, Cowdery, Lyman 1802-1881. Lyman Cowdery papers 1834-1858 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Ford, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1822-1860. Letter, Feb. 8, 1854, to Samuel Brannan, describing skirmishes between American and Mexicans, June 21, 1846 : ms., 1854. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Geil J. Norris family papers, 1828-1969, 1828-1899 California Historical Society
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associatedWith Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918. person
associatedWith Bigler, Henry William, 1815-1900. person
associatedWith Blair, George Washington Thatcher 1903-1990 person
associatedWith Brodie, Fawn McKay, 1915-1981. person
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associatedWith Davis, William Heath, 1822-1909, person
associatedWith Dunlap, Forence McClure. person
associatedWith Ford, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1822-1860. person
associatedWith Gillespie, Charles V. person
associatedWith Hanson, Robert. person
associatedWith Hutchinson, Fred C. (Fred Clarence), b. 1894. person
associatedWith Hyde, George, 1819-1890. person
associatedWith Jameson family family
associatedWith Latta, Frank Forrest, 1892- person
associatedWith Little, Jesse C. (Jesse Carter), 1815-1893. person
associatedWith Miles, Samuel, Jr., 1826-1910. person
associatedWith Moffat, Riley Moore, 1947- person
associatedWith Morris, John M., 1835- person
associatedWith Norris, Geil J., collector. person
associatedWith Parks, Marian. person
associatedWith Rand, Charles Edward, 1833- person
associatedWith Rogers, Lester Tinker, 1821- person
associatedWith San Francisco (Calif.). District. corporateBody
associatedWith San Francisco (Calif.). Town Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, John 1781-1854 person
associatedWith Stellman, Louis J. (Louis John), 1877-1961. person
associatedWith Stockton, Robert Field, 1795-1866. person
associatedWith Thompson, De Witt C. (De Witt Clinton), b. 1826. person
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associatedWith Von Pfisten, Mr. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
California
California
Mexico
Escondido (Calif.)
California--Sonora
California
San Francisco (Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)
California
Sonora (Mexico : State)
California
San Francisco (Calif.)
Sonora (Calif.)
Subject
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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Birth 1819-03-02

Death 1889-05-14

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