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Wed Apr 05 04:08:31 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Sketch of the Causes, Operations and Results of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee of 1856, by Stephen Palfrey Webb This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: A Sketch of the Causes, Operations and Results of the San Francisco Vigilance Commit tee of 1856 Author: Stephen Palfrey Webb Release Date: June, 2004 [EBook #5802] Posting Date: June 4, 2009 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK SAN FRANCISCO VIGILANCE COMMITTEE *** Produced by David Schwan A SKETCH OF THE CAUSES, OPERATIONS AND RESULTS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO VIGILANCE COMMITTEE IN 1856 By Stephen Palfrey Webb 1874 Stephen Palfrey Webb was born in Salem on March 20, 1804, the son of Capt.
Stephen and Sarah (Putnam) Webb.
He was graduated from Harvard in 1824, and studied law with Hon.
John Glen King, after which he was admitted to the Essex Bar.
He practiced law in Salem, served as Representative and Senator in the Massachusetts Legislature, and was elected Mayor of Salem in 1842, serving three years.
He was Treasurer of the Essex Railroad Company in the late forties. About 1853, he went to San Francisco, where he resided several years, serving as Mayor of that city in 1854 and 1855.
It was during this time that he witnessed the riotous mobs following the Gold Rush of 1849, and upon his return Salem made notes for a lecture, which he delivered in Salem; and later, with many additions, prepared this sketch, probably about 1874.
He was again elected Mayor of Salem, 1860-1862, and City Clerk, 1863-1870.
He died in Salem on September 29, 1879.
On May 26, 1834, he married Hannah H.
B.
Robinson of Salem. There have been several accounts of the activities of the Vigilance Committee, but th...





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