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The Sutter Family and the Origins of Gold-Rush Sacramento
     

The Sutter Family and the Origins of Gold-Rush Sacramento

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by John A. Jr. Sutter, Alan Ottley (Editor), Sutter John
 

John A. Sutter (1803-1880) could have become one of the richest men in California when gold was found on his property. Instead he lost his vast land holdings on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers and eventually left California penniless. Sutter always claimed to be the victim of charlatans, but he bore considerable responsibility for his downfall. He had amassed

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John A. Sutter (1803-1880) could have become one of the richest men in California when gold was found on his property. Instead he lost his vast land holdings on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers and eventually left California penniless. Sutter always claimed to be the victim of charlatans, but he bore considerable responsibility for his downfall. He had amassed huge debts before the gold discovery and added even more afterward. In the rough dealings of frontier capitalism in gold rush California, Sutter was easy prey.

Soon after the gold discovery, Sutter’s eldest son, John Jr., (1826-1897) arrived, but soon moved south to Mexico. Hoping to obtain compensation for the land that he and his father had lost, John, Jr., returned to California in 1855 to give his lawyer a thorough statement cataloging how both Sutters were swindled. This extensive document describes the dirty deals of the first great gold rush in the western United States.

Sutter’s statement has not been available for sixty years. Editor Allan R. Ottley reproduced and annotated this statement, providing a full biographical context and offering an appendix, bibliography, and index. Albert L. Hurtado’s introduction updates the book, originally published in 1942.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806134932
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

John A. Sutter, JR. (1826-2897), was the “founding father” of Sacramento, California, and U.S. Consul in Acapulco, Mexico.

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The Sutter Family and the Origins of Gold-Rush Sacramento 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very interesting book, especially if you have prior interest in the California Gold-Rush. I would not recommend this book for a lay person, becuase the book goes into heavy detail about the business woes of the Sutter family that can get very complicated at times. But what makes this book worth while is the fasinating insight it gives into the troubled relationship between John Sutter Sr. and his son John Sutter Jr., who was one of the founders of Sacramento, CA.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very intresting book for anyone that is who has already have a deep interest in gold rush era California history. I would not recommend this book for a lay person because the majority of the book goes into deep detail about the vast business problems of the Sutter family. Though what makes this book compelling is the insight it shines on the often difficult relationship between Sutter Sr. and his son Sutter Jr.