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Finding aid of the Peter H. Burnett Daybook C057741
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Burnett, Peter H. Daybook
    Identifier/Call Number: C057741
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder 1 daybook (35 pages)
    Date: 1849
    Abstract: The contents of this folder are 35 photocopied pages from a daybook written by Governor Peter H. Burnett, recording property sales in Sacramento. The 35 pages are 3 sets of the same 12-pages. One set consists of black copies made in 1938. One of the sets of whitecopies does not contain the first page of the daybook (numbered in the upper-right hand corner). The pages are addressed to John A. Sutter, Jr., and range from January to July of 1849.
    creator: Burnett, Peter H. (Peter Hardeman), 1807-1895

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access

    Preferred Citation note

    Peter H. Burnett Daybook, the Society of California Pioneers.

    Donor

    Donor and acquisition date unknown

    Biographical note

    Peter Hardeman Burnett was born on November 15, 1807, in Nashville, Tennessee. He arrived in California on November 5, 1848 via overland route. He served as the first Governor of California, from December 20, 1849 – January 9, 1851. Before becoming governor he worked as a lawyer and was elected Judge of the Oregon Supreme Court, member of the Oregon Territorial Legislature, and appointed to the Superior Tribunal of California. While governor, he encourgaed the development of California’s legal code, and faced challenges such as raising revenue for state expenses and quelling Native American uprisings. After resigning as governor, he continued to work in the legal profession until he became President of the Pacific Bank of San Francisco. In 1880, he wrote Recollections and Opinions of an Old Pioneer. He died in San Francisco on May 17, 1895. Source: Gilbert & Melendy. The Governors of California: From Peter H. Burnett to Edmund G. Brown. (Georgetown, CA: Talisman, 1965.), 25-35. Print.

    Scope and Contents note

    The contents of this folder are 35 photocopied pages from a daybook written by Governor Peter H. Burnett, recording property sales in Sacramento. The 35 pages are 3 sets of the same 12-pages. One set consists of black copies made in 1938. One of the sets of whitecopies does not contain the first page of the daybook (numbered in the upper-right hand corner). The pages are addressed to John A. Sutter, Jr., and range from January to July of 1849.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers. 300 Fourth Street. San Francisco, CA 94107

    Related Archival Materials note

    Society of California Pioneers Records--Archival Record: Vol. 1, pg. 158; Mortuary Record: 1892-1902, pg. 53

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Burnett, Peter H. (Peter Hardeman), 1807-1895
    California. Governor (1849-1851: Burnett)
    Sacramento (Calif.) - History - 19th century.