Thomas O. Larkin: A Life of Patriotism and Profit in Old California

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University of Oklahoma Press, Mar 1, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Arriving in Mexican California in 1832, Thomas O. Larkin (1802-1858) expected to become a rich man-and he did: he became a successful merchant, financier, and land developer. Larkin also became the confidant of California officials, American consul to California, and secret agent of the president of the United States during the territory’s transition from Mexican to American control. Harlan Hague and David Langum have uncovered a large body of new information, shedding light on many aspects of Larkin’s personal life as well as on his business and diplomatic activities. Historians and general readers will welcome this full-scale biography of one of the most important men in the history of early California.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Land Speculation and Ranching
176
California Paisano or New York Nabob?
199
Repose
224
Notes
233
Bibliography
287
Index
295
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About the author (1995)

Harlan Hague taught history at San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California. He is the author of Road to California and currently is editing a collection of Larkin letters.

David J Langum is Professor of Law in the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of Crossing Over the Line: Legislating Morality and the Mann Act and Law and Community on the Mexican California Frontier (University of Oklahoma Press).

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