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Henry Harrison Markham, Governor

Also Known As: "Governor of California 1892"
Birthplace: Wilmington, Essex County, New York, United States
Death: October 09, 1923 (82)
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Mountain View Cemetery And Mausoleum, California, USA
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Son of Nathan B Markham and Susan Markham
Husband of Mary Adams Markham
Father of Gertrude Markham; Alice Markham; Genevieve Markham; Marie Markham; Hildreth Markham and 1 other
Brother of John Dauphin Markham; Alice Killian; Elisha Alden Markham; Adelia Markham; David Earl Markham and 10 others

Occupation: Governor of State of California in 1890's
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About Henry Markham, Governor, (USA)


Henry Harrison Markham (November 16, 1840 – October 9, 1923) was a United States Representative from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1887 and the 18th governor of California from January 8, 1891 until January 11, 1895.

Markham was born in Wilmington, New York. During the Civil War, Markham enlisted as a private in Company G, 32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment; he was promoted to second lieutenant and after the war returned to Wisconsin and settled in Milwaukee. He died in Pasadena, California.


Birth 16 Nov 1840 Wilmington, Essex County, New York, USA
Death 9 Oct 1923 (aged 82) Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum Altadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA

Governor of California from 1891 to 1895. Henry Markham was born in New York in 1840. Wounded twice in the Civil War, the young lawyer later came to California. A Republican, he served in Congress prior to campaigning for Governor as "the dashing colonel from Pasadena." He once came upon a woman and her son on the street who had just been evicted from their home for nonpayment of rent. He went up to the door and then walked with the boy to the corner, where he told him that he had seen a key in the lock of the door. When the boy went back to his mother they climbed the steps and found a $100 bill tucked in the keyhole. Meanwhile, Markham had slipped quietly away. California suffered a depression during Markham's term. As a means to attract visitors and new residents to the state, he pressed for a midwinter Exposition in 1894. The event was held in San Francisco and was a huge success.

[? ]Mary J. Lyon Markham 1847–1872
Mary Adams Dana Markham 1853–1934


  1. Marie Markham Page 1877–1972
  2. Alice Markham 1879–1951
  3. Gertrude Markham 1883–1969
  4. Genevieve Markham 1884–1891
  5. Hildreth Markham West 1889–1974


Henry Harrison Markham
(1840 - 1923)
Born in Wilmington, Essex, New York on 16 Nov 1840 to Nathan B. Markham and Susan McLeod. Henry Harrison Markham married Mary Adams Dana and had 5 children. He passed away on 9 Oct 1923 in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California.
Henry Harrison Markham family tree
Nathan B. Markham 1796 - 1882
Susan Mcleod 1801 - 1882
Mary Adams Dana 1853 - 1934
Mary J Lyon 1847 - 1872
Marie Markham 1877 - 1972
Alice Markham 1879 - Unknown
Gertrude Markham 1883 - 1969
Genevieve Markham 1884 - 1891
Hildreth D Markham 1889 - 1974



Henry Markham was born and raised in a small farming community in upstate New York. He attended public school in Farmington, then Wheeler’s Academy in Vermont. Shortly after his graduation from the Academy in 1862, Markham and his brothers moved to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. According to his service records, he worked as a teacher until he enlisted in the army in 1863.

In 1864, Markham participated in General Sherman’s march to the sea. He was severely wounded at the battle of Whippy in 1865. He was discharged from the army in June that year. After the war, Markham returned to Wisconsin to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1867.

In response to an ad in the newspaper, Markham purchased a 23 acre ranch in Pasadena. In 1879, he, his wife and young daughter moved to Pasadena where Markham continued to practice law. Markham served on the school board and helped found the local public library. In addition, Markham was involved in a number of business ventures including part ownership in the Calico Union Mining Company.

Markham was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1885 to 1887. He declined to be a candidate for re-nomination in 1886. During his campaign for Governor, Markham was referred to as "the dashing colonel from Pasadena." California suffered a depression during Markham's term. As a means to attract visitors and new residents to the state, he pressed for a Mid-Winter Exposition in 1894. The event, held in San Francisco, was a huge success.

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Henry Markham, Governor, (USA)'s Timeline

November 16, 1840
Wilmington, Essex County, New York, United States
October 9, 1923
Age 82
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Mountain View Cemetery And Mausoleum, California, USA