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Who was the conqueror Of California? The question appears to be Simple enough to admit of a ready answer, but in... Læs mere

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Excerpt from General Stephen W. Kearny and the Conquest of California (1846-7): A Paper Read Before the Historical Society of Southern California, February 6, 1911

Who was the conqueror Of California? The question appears to be Simple enough to admit of a ready answer, but in reality it is a poser - at least for any one who is not satisfied to accept tradi tion unsupported by historic facts. The title rests, it may be said safely, among three men: John C. Fremont, Robert F. Stockton, and Stephen W. Kearny, all of whom contributed by their services, in varying degrees, to add the domain to the United States. Which one most nearly deserves the title, or whether it can be justly bestowed On one to the exclusion Of the other two, presents an interesting problem. F rémont, with probably the least merit, made the deepest impression on the public. His name became a household word throughout the country as well as in California. To this day, indeed, the chief historic feature in the Old-time California town is invariably Fremont's Headquarters. Only Washington Seems to have had more abiding places, but then of course he had many more campaigns and battles to his credit. 'frémont was an active campaigner, in the sense that he covered much ground, but he did not happen to do much fighting. It may be news to many that he was never in a single battle on California soil. Yet on the strength of his claim to be regarded as the conqueror he was the first United States senator elected by the new State of Cali fornia, and the first candidate for president nominated by the new Republican Party. It has been Said, perhaps too harshly, that in most ways he was a man of no great ability, but he seems to have approached genius in his faculty for self-advancement. Commodore Stockton, whose claim to the title was asserted with equal vigor, and who sought to monopolize all the credit for the conquest, was only partially successful in his efforts. He, too, became a senator, for a short while, but his party chose Buchanan instead of him to run for president against Fremont. Although the Commodore has almost passed out of the popular mind he has remained in the histories. The writers thereof took him pretty much at his own estimation and have handed him down as the chief figure in the conquest. In California, of course, where an important city bears his name, he is by no means forgotten. A11 in all, he may be said to have fared reasonably well. Neither popular tradition, however.

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