Huggins, Edward, 1832-1907

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Edward Huggins arrived in Nisqually in 1850 to serve as trader and clerk for the Hudson's Bay Company and the Puget Sound Agricultural Company under Dr. Tolmie, and in 1859 he succeeded Dr. Tolmie as manager of the company's affairs in Pierce County.

From the description of Histories, 1865, 1901. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702127656

Washington State pioneer, farmer, and public official.

Employee of the Hudson's Bay Company; director of Fort Nisqually, Washington, and Vice President of the National Bank of Commerce in Tacoma, Washington. Pierce County Commissioner, late 1870's; Pierce County Auditor, 1886.

From the description of Edward Huggins papers [microform] 1850-1905. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38956706

Washington State pioneer, farmer, and public official.

Employee of the Hudson's Bay Company; director of Fort Nisqually, Washington, and Vice President of the National Bank of Commerce in Tacoma, Washington. Pierce County Commissioner, late 1870s; Pierce County Auditor, 1886.

From the description of Edward Huggins papers, 1850-1905. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38955388

Edward Huggins was born in London, June 10, 1832. In October 1849 he joined the Hudson's Bay Company, sailing on the "Norman Morrison" for Fort Victoria, arriving there in March 1850. Sir James Douglas, in charge at Fort Victoria, sent Huggins to Fort Nisqually, where he arrived on Apri1 13, 1850, to work under the direction of William Fraser Tolmie.

During the Indian War he was given charge of the Company's installation "Muck Farm," ten miles east of Nisqually; he encountered no hostile Indians.

In 1857 Huggins married Lettice Work. When William F. Tolmie took over the duties of Sir James Douglas at Fort Victoria in 1859, Huggins was placed in charge of Fort Nisqually. In June 1870, the Puget Sound Agricultural Company (which Huggins contended was not affiliated with the Hudson's Bay Company) surrendered rights claimed under the Treaty of 1846, and Huggins was ordered to move to the interior of British Columbia. Instead, he resigned, and became a United States citizen.

Huggins then pre-empted his residence, and a few years later purchased the quarter section upon which the buildings of Fort Nisqually stood. He then began farming and stockraising "on his own account," and eventually acquired the remainder of the Nisqually farm, and in addition purchased about 1,000 acres from the Northern Pacific Railroad Company.

In the late 1870s Huggins was elected County Commissioner on the Republican ticket, serving three terms until he was elected County Auditor in 1886. He then moved to Tacoma and joined the staff of the National Bank of Commerce, ultimately becoming its vice-president. When his health began to fail, he returned to his farm at Nisqually, where he died in 1907.

He wrote a great deal, contributing a large number of articles to the Portland Oregonian in 1900. Clarence Booth Bagley was a friend of Huggins; it is through Bagley's auspices that these and many other Puget Sound Agricultural Company materials were acquired.

From the guide to the Edward Huggins papers, 1850-1905, (University of Washington Libraries Special Collections)

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referencedIn Clarence Bagley papers, 1864-1931 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Fort Nisqually records, 1833-1901. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Huggins, Edward, 1832-1907. Edward Huggins papers, 1850-1905. University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Tolmie, William Fraser, 1812-1886. Letter: to Edward Huggins /by William Fraser Tolmie, 1865 Jul 19. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Huggins, Edward, 1832-1907. Edward Huggins papers [microform] 1850-1905. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Washington State Library. Washington State Library's collection of Fort Nisqually records and correspondence, 1982-1984? Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State
creatorOf Edward Huggins papers, 1850-1905 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Bagley, Clarence, 1843-1932. Clarence Bagley papers, 1864-1931. University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Berry, George M. Diary of a clergyman in the Washington Territory [manuscript], 1852-1857. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Huggins, Edward N. An outline of The digressions in Beowulf, by Adrien Bonjour / prepared by Edward N. Huggins. Southern Oregon University Library, Hannon Library
referencedIn Eva Emery Dye Papers, 1776-1997, 1890-1940 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Huggins, Edward, 1832-. Histories, 1865, 1901. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Anderson, Alexander Caulfield, 1814-1884. person
associatedWith Bagley, Clarence, 1843-1932. person
associatedWith Beaver (Steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Bonjour, Adrien. person
associatedWith Dye, Eva Emery, 1855-1947 person
associatedWith Finlayson, Roderick, 1818-1892. person
associatedWith Fuller, E. N. person
associatedWith Hudson's Bay Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Mary Dare (Brigantine) corporateBody
associatedWith Munro, Alexander person
associatedWith Munro, Alexander. person
associatedWith National Bank of Commerce (Tacoma, Wash.) corporateBody
associatedWith Puget Sound Agricultural Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Suckley, George, 1830-1869. person
associatedWith Tolmie, William Fraser. person
associatedWith Washington State Library. corporateBody
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Fort Nisqually (DuPont, Wash.)
Fort Nisqually (DuPont, Wash.)
Pierce County (Wash.)
Washington (State)
Pierce County (Wash.)
Fort Nisqually (Wash.)
Pierce County (Wash.)
Washington (State)
Fort Nisqually (DuPont, Wash.)
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Frontier and pioneer life--Washington (State)
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Frontier and pioneer life
Pacific Northwest History
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Washington (State)
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Death 1907

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