Biography of Henry D. Polhemus
Marin County, CA Biographies





Henry D. Polhemus. Was born in Valparaiso, Chili, on October 13, 1843. His father, John Hart Polhemus, was the American minister to Chili under President John Tyler's administration at that time. In 1849 the subject of this sketch left Chili for Baltimore, Maryland, in company with two elder brothers, taking passage on the ship "Clone," Captain Baxter commanding, arriving at their destination during the Winter of that year, his father in the meantime returning to Baltimore via the overland route. Mr. Poihemus took up his residence in Mount Holly, Burlington county, New Jersey, in 1849, where he attended the "West Jersey Collegiate School," conducted under the auspices of the Presbytery of that State, and at that time Rev. Samuel Miller was its President. After attending this college for a term of five years, he apprenticed himself to Peter V. Coppuck to learn pharmacy, He remained with Mr. Coppuck till the 26th of August, 1862, at which date he enlisted in the Twenty Third New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, and on September following was promoted from the rank to Hospital Steward. His regiment left Beverly, New Jersey, on following September 26th, and arrived in Baltimore on the 27th. The following morning repaired to Washington, D. C., and on the 29th received their marching orders, leaving on October 1st, joining the First New Jersey Brigade and Sixth Corps on the 11th. They marched through Virginia and engaged in the battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13, 1862. On January 20, 1863, Mr. Poihemus was detailed Division Hospital Steward, and remained on that duty till January 25th. He was honorably discharged on account of expiration of term of enlistment, June 27, 1863. In August of that year emigrated to California via Panama, and at once proceeded to Empire City, Nevada, where he held the position of assayer for the " Silver State Reduction Works," under the management of E. B. Dorsey. After one year he returned to San Francisco, and was appointed Station Agent for the "San Francisco and San Jose Railroad," but in the Fall of 1868 he resigned his position to accept the agency of the "Los Angeles and San Bernardino Land Association," where he remained for several years. On February 1, 1876, he took up a residence in San Rafael, Margin county, as agent for the "North Pacific Coast Railroad," where he remained till May 10, 1877, on which date he assumed the same position at Tomales, where he now resides, performing his duties in a satisfactory manner both to employers and the public. Married Emma Martha, daughter of John and Martha Hanna, November 2, 1870. She was born in Clintonville, Virginia, November 5, 1852. Emita and Marianita are their children.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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