Henry Huntly Haight

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Henry Huntly Haight
Henry Haight.jpg
10th Governor of California
In office
December 5, 1867 – December 8, 1871
Lieutenant William Holden
Preceded by Frederick Low
Succeeded by Newton Booth
Personal details
Born May 20, 1825
Rochester, New York
Died September 2, 1878(1878-09-02) (aged 53)
San Francisco, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anna E. Bissell
Profession Lawyer

Henry Huntly Haight (May 20, 1825 – September 2, 1878) was the tenth governor of California from December 5, 1867 to December 8, 1871.


Son of Fletcher Mathews Haight, he was born in Rochester, New York, and graduated from Yale University. He married Anna Bissell (1834-1898) and had at least one son, Dr. Louis Montrose Haight (1868-1942).

Official state portrait

Haight never held public office of any kind before he was elected Governor of California on the Democratic ticket, beginning his term of office in 1867. He was the first governor to use the offices in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. He signed the Act, March 23, 1868 creating the University of California. After he was governor he made his home in Alameda, California. He died in 1878, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California.


Though it is commonly thought to be true, Haight Street in San Francisco may or may not have been named after Haight himself since it is thought by some that the street was indeed named after his uncle, the pioneer and exchange banker Henry Haight (1820 – 1869).[1] Henry Haight Elementary School in Alameda, California is named after the former governor.


  1. ^ "San Francisco Streets Named for Pioneers". Museum of the City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Low
Governor of California
Succeeded by
Newton Booth