Henry Markham, Governor, (USA)

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Henry Harrison Markham, Governor

Also Known As: "Governor of California 1892"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Wilmington, Essex County, New York, United States
Death: October 9, 1923 (82)
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Mountain View Cemetery And Mausoleum, California, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathan B Markham and Susan Markham
Husband of Mary Adams Markham
Father of Alice Markham; Hildreth Markham; Marie Markham; Gertrude Markham and Genevieve Markham
Brother of David Earl Markham; John Dauphin Markham; George Calvin Markham; Alice Markham; Adelia Markham and 1 other

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.



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
Age 20
Age 20
Age 36
Age 39
Age 43
October 9, 1923
Age 82
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Mountain View Cemetery And Mausoleum, California, USA