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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.<P>Soon after the gold discovery, Sutter's eldest son, John A. Sutter, Jr. (1826-1897), arrived. Born and raised in Switzerland, John, Jr., had not seen his father since 1834 when the patriarch fled to avoid debtors' prison. He tried to save his father's estate, but in the attempt, John, Jr., became the dupe of speculating businessmen and a physician who concocted a bold land swindle.<P>Somehow, in the midst of these hardships, John, Jr., managed to found Sacramento. However, ill and disgusted with his experiences, he soon left for Mexico. Hoping to obtain compensation for the land that he had lost, he returned to California in 1855 to give his lawyer a thorough statement cataloging how he and his father were swindled. This extensive document describes the dirty deals of the first great gold rush in the western United States.

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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, Sutterand#8217;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.

Sutterand#8217;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. Hurtadoand#8217;s introduction updates the book, originally published in 1942.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-150) and index.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806134932
Editor:
Ottley, Alan
Author:
Ottley, Alan
Author:
Sutter, John Augustus
Author:
Sutter, John A.
Author:
Hurtado, Albert
Author:
Ottley, Allan
Author:
John, Sutter
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Pioneers
Subject:
Businessmen
Subject:
Gold miners
Subject:
Sacramento
Subject:
California Gold discoveries.
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- California.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Number:
Red River Books ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
236
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 bandw illus.
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.57 in 0.7 lb

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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, Sutterand#8217;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.

Sutterand#8217;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. Hurtadoand#8217;s introduction updates the book, originally published in 1942.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-150) and index.
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