Henry Huntly Haight, Governor

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Henry Huntly Haight

Birthplace: Rochester, Monroe County, New York, United States
Death: Died in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Fletcher Mathews Haight and Elizabeth Stuart Haight
Husband of Anna Elizabeth Haight
Brother of Jeanette Cameron Haight and Dugald Cameron Haight
Half brother of Samuel Haight; Fletcher Haight; Elizabeth Knight; Sarah Tompkins; Fletcher M. Haight and 4 others

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About Henry Huntly Haight, Governor


Henry Huntly Haight (May 20, 1825 – September 2, 1878) was the tenth governor of California from December 5, 1867 to December 8, 1871.


Son of Fletcher Mathews Haight, he was born in Rochester, New York, and graduated from Yale University. He married Anna Bissell (1834-1898) and had at least one son, Dr. Louis Montrose Haight (1868-1942).

Haight never held public office of any kind before he was elected Governor of California on the Democratic ticket, beginning his term of office in 1867. He was the first governor to use the offices in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. He signed the Act, March 23, 1868 creating the University of California. After he was governor he made his home in Alameda, California. He died in 1878, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California.


Though it is commonly thought to be true, Haight Street in San Francisco may or may not have been named after Haight since it is thought by some that the street may indeed have been named after his uncle, the pioneer and exchange banker Henry Haight (1820 – 1869).

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Henry Huntly Haight, Governor's Timeline

May 20, 1825
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, United States
January 24, 1855
Age 29
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Age 52
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States