Henry Douglas Bacon

Henry Douglas Bacon

Birth
Granville, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 1893 (aged 75–76)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 112, Lot 158
Memorial ID 168679286 · View Source
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Born East Granville, Massachusetts in 1817, son of Joseph and Abigail Cleveland Bacon. By 1835 he was in St. Louis where made his mark in the iron trade. In 1844 he married Julia Ann Page, daughter of Daniel Dearborn Page, a miller, merchant, and owner of considerable property in and around St. Louis.

Bacon and his father-in-law formed the banking firm of Page & Bacon in 1848. Their success led to the 1849 opening of Page, Bacon & Co.'s express office in San Francisco. This firm soon had branches in Sacramento, Sonora and Honolulu. Business flourished until Jan. 1855. Then various factors (one being Bacon's involvement in the financing of the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad) compelled the St. Louis branch to close its doors. When the news reached San Francisco, a run resulted in suspension. By May, the firm was forced into liquidation. The failure was a prelude to the San Francisco crash of 1855. Bacon devoted the next few years to settlements with creditors and to attempts to right the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad.
In the 1860s he turned his attention to mining. After 1870 his primary interest lay in properties in California and Arizona. There were many other investments. Chief of these was his purchase, in 1871 and 1873 of the Marengo Ranch, 1,036 acres of what is now South Pasadena.

Bacon had moved his office to San Francisco in 1866. He made his home at Oak & 9th Street in Oakland until his death in 1893. He is remembered for generous gifts to the University of California at Berkley. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California holds the Henry Douglas Bacon Papers.

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  • Created by: Anna Jaech
  • Added: 19 Aug 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 168679286
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Douglas Bacon (1817–1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. 168679286, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Anna Jaech (contributor 47861515) .