Biography of James Fowzer
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





James Fowzer. Born March 15, 1815; a native of Allegheny county Pennsylvania; received a good English education in private schools of Pittsburgh and vicinity. He was employed for several years as clerk in the post office at Pittsburgh; transferred, thence, in 1837 to the post office at New Orleans. After serving in that office some years, he engaged in the book and stationary business on his own account in that city. He was married there in 1841 to Eliza E. Lovejoy. In 1849 he sold out his business there and came to California by way of Cape Horn, arriving at San Francisco June 13, 1850. Went to the mines on the Yuba river and worked there with fair success during the summer and fall of that year. He returned to New Orleans the ensuing winter, and came out again in the spring of 1852, and went to the mines on the Yuba and worked there with moderate success during the summer and fall. He again returned to New Orleans in the winter, and again engaged in the book and stationary business; but in the spring of 1854 had a relapse of the California fever and sold out his business and came back to California. He went into the tobacco business in San Francisco and sent for his family. He continued in that business until 1864, when he sold out and moval to Mendocino county and engaged in farming and store keeping at Sanel. He was elected County Clerk in 1867, and reelected in 1869. In 1875 he was elected County Treasurer and reelected in 1877, and again in 1879, and now fills the office. They have four children: Mary E., Jacob, Annie R., and Jackson L. They have lost three: George, James, and one unnamed.

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


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