Capt John Commingers Ainsworth

Capt John Commingers Ainsworth

Birth
Springboro, Warren County, Ohio, USA
Death 30 Dec 1893 (aged 71)
California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot Plot 17
Memorial ID 101712456 · View Source
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Ainsworth worked the Mississippi steamboat that had young Mark Twain as its pilot. Later, Ainsworth traveled to California during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Rather than doing actual prospecting, Ainsworth, a steamboat captain, planned to haul miners from San Francisco Bay up the Sacramento River. While in California, Ainsworth met Lot Whitcomb, who was proprietor of Milwaukie, Oregon. Whitcomb convinced Ainsworth to be the captain of his steamboat (the modestly named Lot Whitcomb). Ainsworth moved to Oregon and later founded the Oregon Steam Navigation Company, which quickly became one of the most important businesses in Portland's development. His former home, in Oregon City, is on the National Register of Historic Places.



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  • Created by: RB
  • Added: 4 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101712456
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Commingers Ainsworth (6 Jun 1822–30 Dec 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101712456, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by RB (contributor 45982754) .