William H. H. Hart

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For the African American attorney, see William Henry Harrison Hart.

William Henry Harrison Hart (January 25, 1848 – December 24, 1918) was the 16th California Attorney General. Prior to this position, he may have been a United States Secret Service agent and fought in the American Civil War.

Personal information[edit]

Few verifiable facts are known about Hart's life and background, except for information he provided himself and is open to question. Hart claimed to have been kidnapped by the Blackhawk Indians at the age of four. At age eleven, he was then orphaned. Hart struggled through a difficult childhood which led to his desire for danger and his allegedly joining the Secret Service at only age 14. Hart also reportedly fought in the Civil War.[1] Hart was a prominent figure in the California phase of the Mystery airship wave of 1896–97, claiming to represent the airship's inventor.


On November 4, 1890, Hart was elected as Attorney General and took office on January 5, 1891.[1]


William H. H. Hart died at age 69 on December 24, 1918, after contracting the Spanish flu.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "William H. H. Hart 16th Attorney General". State of California Department of Justice. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  2. ^ https://oag.ca.gov/history/16hart
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Preceded by
George A. Johnson
California Attorney General
Succeeded by
William F. Fitzgerald