Henry Huntly Haight (1825 - 1878)

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About Henry Huntly Haight


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

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