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William Bright (1826-1912) was a Wyoming territorial legislator and the person most responsible for securing women the right to vote in Wyoming. Although born in Virginia, Bright served in the Unio...
Denis Kearney (1847-1907) was the leader of California's Workingmen's Party. Born in Ireland, he went to sea at age 11 as a cabin boy and rose to the rank of first mate by the time he first visited...
Henry Miller (1827-1916) was a California cattle baron and a litigant in Lux v. Haggin, a seminal State Supreme Court case establishing California water law. Born Heinrich Alfred Kreiser in Germany...
John Muir (1838-1914) was a naturalist and conservationist, and the founding president of the Sierra Club. Born in Scotland, he immigrated to America in 1849. Raised in rural Wisconsin, he enrolled...
Carl Schurz (1829-1906) was the Secretary of the Interior from 1877-1881. Born in Germany, Schurz was among the revolutionaries forced to emigrate in 1848. After living briefly in Paris and London,...
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