Horatio Gates Livermore

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Horatio Gates Livermore

Also Known As: ""father of Russian Hill""
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Livermore, Maine
Death: Died in California
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Livermore and Elizabeth Livermore
Husband of Elizabeth King Livermore
Father of Charles Edward Livermore; Ellen Livermore and Horatio Putnam Livermore
Brother of Hannah Livermore; Granville Putnam Livermore; Eliza Livermore; Elijah Livermore; Abigail Williams Livermore and 2 others

Occupation: "entrepreneur"?
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About Horatio Gates Livermore

Lived in Boston and worked in mercantile business until 1850.

Then he made the journey overland to California, settling in Georgetown, El Dorado Co.. Horatio Gates Livermore, came to California from Maine during the Gold Rush in 1850.

In 1854, he was elected State senator.

In 1856 became interested in natural advantages of Folsom and the value of the property and franchises of the Natoma Water Company. Eventually he and his associates by successive purchases, acquired a controlling interest in the company and he became its President and manager. Realizing the importance of the water power which the American River affords at this place, he projected plans for its utilization, which have made there a manufacturing power equal to that of Lowell.

In order to utilize the granite quarries which the locality possesses, he originated the idea of a branch State prison to be located there and used convict labor for stone quarrying and cutting.

He was among the earliest to recognize the value of the "foot hill" lands for vineyard and orchard purposes. He purchased for the Natoma Company, a large portion of the Leidesdorf grant (about 10,000 acres of land adjoining the town of Folsom). To demonstrate their capability, he installed orchards and vineyards on about five hundred acres. For the conversion of the products he also erected by far the largest fruitdrying and raisin-making establishment in the state. He also establisheda large winery in Folsom.


Lived in Boston and worked in mercantile business until 1850.

Then he made the journey overland to California, settling in Georgetown, El Dorado Co..

In 1854, he was elected State senator.

In 1856 became interested in natural advantages of Folsom and the value of the property and franchises of the Natoma Water Company. Eventually he and his associates by successive purchases, acquired a controlling interest in the company and he became its President and manager. Realizing the importance of the water power which the American River affords at this place, he projected plans for its utilization, which have made there a manufacturing power equal to that of Lowell.

In order to utilize the granite quarries which the locality possesses, he originated the idea of a branch State prison to be located there and used convict labor for stone quarrying and cutting.

He was among the earliest to recognize the value of the "foot hill" lands for vineyard and orchard purposes. He purchased for the Natoma Company, a large portion of the Leidesdorf grant (about 10,000 acres of land adjoining the town of Folsom). To demonstrate their capability, he installed orchards and vineyards on about five hundred acres. For the conversion of the products he also erected by far the largest fruitdrying and raisin-making establishment in the state. He also establisheda large winery in Folsom.

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Horatio Gates Livermore's Timeline

1807
March 16, 1807
Livermore, Maine
1834
April 2, 1834
Age 27
Boston, Massachusetts
1835
October 7, 1835
Age 28
Boston, Massachusetts
1837
April 7, 1837
Age 30
Boston, Massachusetts
1854
1854
- 1856
Age 46
California
1856
1856
Age 48
California
1860
1860
- 1892
Age 52
Folsom, California