Henry Markham

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Henry Harrison Markham
18th Governor of California
In office
January 8, 1891 – January 11, 1895
LieutenantJohn B. Reddick
Preceded byRobert Waterman
Succeeded byJames Budd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byWilliam Vandever
Personal details
Born(1840-11-16)November 16, 1840
Wilmington, New York
DiedOctober 9, 1923(1923-10-09) (aged 82)
Pasadena, California
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Markham
ProfessionLawyer, soldier and politician
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
RankSecond Lieutenant
Unit32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsCivil War

Henry Harrison Markham (November 16, 1840 – October 9, 1923) was a Republican United States Representative from California from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1887. Declining to run for re-election to Congress in 1886, he ran four years later to become the 18th governor of California, serving from January 8, 1891 until January 11, 1895.


Henry Markham was born in Wilmington, New York on November 16, 1840.[1] During the Civil War, he enlisted as a private in Company G, 32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment; he was promoted to second lieutenant. Markham was part of General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. He was wounded at the battle of Whippy Swamp in 1865, and discharged.

After the war Markham returned to Wisconsin and settled in Milwaukee, where he studied law and passed the bar in 1867. He practiced law in Milwaukee in the state and federal courts. Markham moved with his family to Pasadena in 1879 and continued to practice law. In Pasadena Markham was on the school board and was one of the founders of the Pasadena public library. He was also part of the Calico Union Mining Company. During his run for governor he was referred to as "the dashing colonel from Pasadena." He was a long time member of the Pasadena Republican Club. He died in his adopted hometown of Pasadena on October 9, 1923, and is interred in Mountain View Cemetery in nearby Altadena.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Death Takes Former Governor H. H. Markham". The Sacramento Bee. Pasadena, California. AP. October 9, 1923. p. 1. Retrieved May 12, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
John Franklin Swift
Republican nominee for Governor of California
Succeeded by
Morris M. Estee
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Waterman
Governor of California
Succeeded by
James Budd
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Vandever