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James Mason Hutchings

Born: Feb 10, 1820

Death: Oct 31, 1902

Birthplace: England

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United Kingdom

James Mason Hutchings

Date of Birth : Feb 10, 1820
Date of Death : Oct 31, 1902
Birth Place : England

James Mason Hutchings was an American businessman and one of the principal promoters of what is now Yosemite National Park. Born in England, Hutchings immigrated to the U.S. in 1848, then went to California in 1849 during the Gold Rush. He became wealthy as a miner, lost it all in a bank failure, then became wealthy again from publishing. On July 5, 1855 James Hutchings set out on what would be one of the most historic trips to the region, leading the second tourist party into Yosemite. He then became one of the first settlers in Yosemite Valley. Hutchings published an illustrated magazine, Hutchings' Illustrated California Magazine that told the world about Yosemite and the Sierra. It was said "...upon the return of Hutchings' party, the descriptions staggered the skeptics and silenced the croakers. From this time forward can be considered the commencement of the visits of tourists." He was a tireless promoter, of himself and Yosemite. After Yosemite Valley was dedicated as State Park in 1864, Hutchings, through his interpretation of existing preemption laws, believed he was entitled to 160 acres of land in the Valley.

Profession


  • Businessperson

Also known as


  • J. M. Hutchings
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