Benjamin Barnard Redding (1824 - 1882)

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Birthplace: Yarmouth, NS, Canada
Death: Died
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About Benjamin Barnard Redding

Benjamin Barnard Redding (January 17, 1824 – August 21, 1882) was a Canadian-born state official of California, politician and land agent with the Central Pacific Railroad. The town of Redding, California, was named for him.

Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, he was educated at Yarmouth Academy. In 1840, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as a clerk. He entered the retail grocery and ship chandlery business in 1843.

In 1849, Redding organized a company of men and sailed from Yarmouth for the gold rush in California, where they arrived on May 12, 1850. He went to the Yuba River diggings and afterward to the Pittsburg bar, working as a mining laborer. He subsequently was associate editor of the Shasta Journal, was employed in drawing up papers for the sale of claims, acted as arbitrator, and was elected as a member of the California State Assembly, 1853-1854, from Yuba and Sierra counties. During the session, he wrote for the San Joaquin Republican and Sacramento's Democratic State Journal, of which he was an editor and proprietor.

His wife was Mary P.; they were the parents of William Redding (born ca. 1848 in Massachusetts); J. Albert Redding (born ca. 1850 in Massachusetts); George H. Redding (born ca. 1856 in California); and Joseph D. Redding (1859 in Sacramento-1932 in San Francisco).

In 1856, Redding was elected mayor of Sacramento. From 1863 to 1867, he was Secretary of State. He became land agent of the Central Pacific Railroad in 1868. When the Central Pacific reached Shasta County in the summer of 1872, the railroad company named the town of Redding, California, in his honor.

Redding was appointed a regent of the University of California to fill the unexpired term of Regent Frank M. Pixley, 1880-1882. He was reappointed in 1882. He was a member of the California Academy of Sciences, and of the Geographical Society of the Pacific. He was interested in all scientific work, especially in the paleontology of the coast, and collected numerous prehistoric and aboriginal relics, which he presented to the museum of the academy. He contributed a large number of papers to various California journals. He was also a California Fish Commissioner, holding this office at the time of his death.

Benjamin B. Redding died at age 58 of apoplexy in San Francisco. His funeral service took place at the First Congregational Church on August 23, 1882, with a large number of friends and acquaintances present, including a delegation from the offices of the Central Pacific Railroad Company and the Academy of Sciences, besides a number of regents from the State University.

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Benjamin Redding's Timeline

1824
January 17, 1824
Yarmouth, NS, Canada
1848
1848
Age 23
MA, USA
1850
1850
Age 25
MA, USA
1856
1856
Age 31
CA, USA
1859
1859
Age 34
Sacramento, CA, USA
1882
August 21, 1882
Age 58
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