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    [John Coffee "Jack" Hays]. Alonzo Phelps. Contemporary Biography of California's Representative Men. With Contributions from Distinguished Scholars and Scientists. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft and Company, 1882. First Edition. 4to, 417 pages. Volume II of a two volume set. Illustrated with over eighty steel-engraved images. Bound in blind stamped brown leather over boards with titles on front cover and spine in gilt. Five decorative raised bands on the spine. Marbled endpapers. Page edges in gilt. Lightly toned throughout; scattered spots of foxing. Modest shelfwear (more so on the rear board) with gently worn areas on the spine. Some of the pages have chips along the upper and lower edge. Binding is tight.

    Highlights the lives of prominent Californians. Includes a wonderful biography of Texas Ranger John C. "Jack" Hays (1817-1883) on page 62. Hays arrived in California in December 1849 and within five months he was elected sheriff (the first) of San Francisco. He retired in 1853 to begin his appointment as United States surveyor general of California (appointed by President Franklin Pierce) where he was one of the founders of the city of Oakland.


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