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Henry Huntly Haight

In office
Lieutenant William Holden
Preceded by Frederick Low
Succeeded by Newton Booth

Born May 20, 1825
Rochester, New York
Died September 2, 1878 (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. 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.[1]


Though commonly thought to be true, San Francisco's Haight Street may or may not be named in his honor as it is thought by some that the street may indeed be named after that of his uncle, the pioneer and exchange banker Henry Haight (1820-1869).[2]

Official state portrait


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Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Ferdinand Low
Governor of California
1867 - 1871
Succeeded by
Newton Booth


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