Consists of the papers of R. W. Waterman, including ephemera and women’s suffrage newspapers. Materials date from the late
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes ephemera related to fraternal organizations and clubs within California.
The types of ephemera in the collection include: invitations, programs, tickets, dance cards, menus, business cards, and newspaper
clippings. Also includes women's suffrage newspapers collected after Waterman's death.
Robert Whitney Waterman was born in Fairfield, New York, on December 15, 1826, and, as a boy, moved to Illinois with his older
brothers after their father’s death. He worked as a storekeeper and farmer there. After hearing of gold, Waterman traveled
to California in 1850 to try mining but was unsuccessful and returned to Illinois two years later. In Wilmington, Illinois,
he became highly involved in the Republican Party and, in 1856, he was one of the state’s two delegates to the Republican
National Convention. The other was Abraham Lincoln. In 1873, Waterman moved to California with his family, eventually settling
in San Bernardino. Waterman became extremely successful in the mining industry and also owned large tracts of land. In 1886
he ran on the Republican ticket for the office of lieutenant governor and was elected along with a Democratic governor. Upon
the governor’s death in September 1887, Waterman assumed the office and held it until January of 1891. In failing health,
he died of pneumonia on April 12, 1891.
(2.7 linear feet)
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