Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875

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William Chapman Ralston, San Francisco businessman and financier, was born in Plymouth, Ohio, in 1826. He arrived in San Francisco in 1854, and ten years later, when he organized the Bank of California, he became one of the most important and powerful men in California. He died in San Francisco in 1875.

From the description of Letter of William Chapman Ralston, 1865, Sep. 9. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122383437

William Chapman Ralston, born 12 June 1826 in Ohio, was a banker and steamship owner. In 1864 he helped organize the Bank of California and served as its first president. He died 27 August 1875.

From the description of Correspondence, ca. 1870-1890. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122639542

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referencedIn Tompkins family. Tompkins family papers, 1858-1955. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Lloyd, Reuben H. The Cal. Bank suspension : ms., 1886 Dec. 31. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875. William Chapman Ralston collection of letters and papers, 1859-1873. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916. Photographic portraits of prominent Californians and visitors to San Francisco, Calif., 1871-1876 [graphic]. California historical society
creatorOf Robertson, J. D. Two leaves from J.D. Robertson's scrapbook : and related material, undated. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875. William Chapman Ralston letters microfilmed from various Bancroft Library collections, 1859-1914 [microform]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Hopkins, Timothy, 1859-1937,. Timothy Hopkins transportation collection, 1816-1942. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Janes, Eunice L. Eunice L. and Lucy H. Janes letter : to W.C. Ralston and John T. Doyle : ALS, 1875 Mar. 2. California historical society
creatorOf William Chapman Ralston Correspondence, 1864-1875 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Peter Palmquist cased photographs collection., circa 1844-1899 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Yellow Jacket Silver Mining Company. Yellow Jacket Silver Mining Company records, 1859-1906. Nevada State Historical Society
creatorOf Bliss, Duane L. Nevada railroads collection, 1862-1950 (bulk 1870-1890). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Deane, Coll. Correspondence with Timothy H. Rearden concerning William C. Ralston and Rearden's judicial decision : Mss, 1884 Dec. 19-26. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904. Residence of William Chapman Ralston, Belmont, Calif. [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Hussey, Dahler & Co. Hussey, Dahler & Co. business letters : ALS, 1867 May 31-1874 Oct. 29. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] Bancroft Library
referencedIn Donohoe Kelly & Co. Donohoe Kelly & Co. records, 1863-1917. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Tilden, Charles Lee. William C. Ralston and his times : ms., [1938]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Eisner, Milton Daniel, 1886-1959. Andrew E. Hill Deed to John T. Doyle and William C. Ralston : DS, 1869 June 11. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875. Correspondence, ca. 1870-1890. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918. Biography of William C. Ralston prepared for Chronicles of the Kings : and material used in its preparation, 1886-1889. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875. William Chapman Ralston correspondence, 1864-1875. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875. Letter of William Chapman Ralston, 1865, Sep. 9. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Photographic portraits of prominent Californians and vistors to San Francisco, circa 1871-1876 California historical society
referencedIn Gardner Sanitarium. [Gardner Sanitarium pictorial lettersheet] [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf National Surety Company. Surety bond : TDS, 1908 Aug. 1. California historical society
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Hong Kong (China)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Banks and banking
Mines and mineral resources
Mining corporations


Birth 1826-01-12

Death 1875-08-27


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