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Hensley, Samuel J. (1817-1866) to James B. McPherson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03746.03.06 Author/Creator: Hensley, Samuel J. (1817-1866) Place Written: San Francisco, California Type: Document signed Date: 21 February 1859 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 18 x 11 cm.

Inviting McPherson on an expedition on the steamer "Cornelia." Signed by Hensley as the President of the California Steam Navigation Company.

Samuel J. Hensley was an early immigrant to California, became rich after striking gold, and played an important role in early California politics, being instrumental in California achieving statehood.

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