William H. H. Hart

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William H. H. Hart
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16th Attorney General of California
In office
January 8, 1891 – January 11, 1895
GovernorHenry Markham
Preceded byGeorge A. Johnson
Succeeded byWilliam F. Fitzgerald
Personal details
Born(1848-01-25)January 25, 1848
DiedDecember 24, 1918(1918-12-24) (aged 70)
Political partyRepublican

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

Personal information[edit]

Few verifiable facts are known about Hart's early 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 United States Secret Service at only age 14. Hart also claimed to have fought for the Union during the Civil War. From 1891 to 1895, Hart served one term as Attorney General of the state of California.[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 California Attorney General and took office on January 5, 1891.[1] He served a single term.


William H. H. Hart died at age 70 on December 24, 1918, a victim of the 1918 flu pandemic. [2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "William H. H. Hart 16th Attorney General". State of California Department of Justice. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  2. ^ "William H. H. Hart 16th Attorney General". 20 January 2011. On December 24, 1918, at the age of 69, Hart died after contracting the Spanish Flu.
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