California, California Gold Rush, San Jose, California

The Home Of Samuel Hensley – The Man Who Delivered The Papers Ratifying California As The 31st

In 1850, Samuel J. Hensley delivered the papers ratifying California as a state to the new state capital building in San Jose, California.

Photograph of Samuel J. Hensley.

Samuel J. Hensley has built a home nearby the site of the former California State Capital.

Currently, the Samuel J. Hensley house is part of the Hensley Historical District that was established in the 1990s.

Arizona, California, California Gold Rush, Edward Dickinson Baker

California During The Civil War

California soldiers during the Union counter charge at Cedar Creek.

Before the start of the Civil War, and after North Carolina left the Union, confederate sympathizers sought to have California join the Confederacy. California ended up siding with the Union despite attempts to change the allegiance of the state. Abraham Lincoln’s friend, Oregon Senator Edward Dickerson Baker, trained the California Brigade in Pennslyvania. While Civil War battles did not occur in the state of California, a regiment of California Union soldiers were sent to Pickett’s Charge to prevent Confederates from taking over Arizona and Southern California.

In 1913, the reunion of veterans of the California Regiment at the site of Pickett’s Charge.

Fifty years after the battle at Pickett’s Charge, California Union veterans returned to the site of the battle for a reunion.

California, California Gold Rush

The Discovery Of Gold Expedites California’s Admission As The 31st State

The discovery of gold in Los Angelos and soon a larger discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill, near Sacramento, led to an expedited call to admit California as a state. Slave supporters tried to add southern California as a slave state, while having northern California as a serrated free state, and to extend the Missouri Compromise to the Pacific Coast. However, with the pro slavery southern states threading to secede in 1850, the northern states did not want California added as a slave state and succeeded.

On September 9th, 1850, San Jose native Samuel Hensley delivered the papers admitting California as the 31st State of the United States.