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Samuel Brannan

Born: Mar 2, 1819

Death: May 5, 1889

Birthplace: Saco

Nationality: United States

Samuel Brannan

Date of Birth : Mar 2, 1819
Date of Death : May 5, 1889
Birth Place : Saco

Samuel Brannan was an American settler, businessman, journalist, and prominent Mormon who founded the California Star newspaper in San Francisco, California. He is considered the first publicist of the California Gold Rush and was its first millionaire. Brannan was a colorful, energetic figure in the mid-19th-century history of California and especially of San Francisco. "He probably did more for [San Francisco] and for other places than was effected by the combined efforts of scores of better men; and indeed, in many respects he was not a bad man, being as a rule straightforward as well as shrewd in his dealings, as famous for his acts of charity and open-handed liberality as for in enterprise, giving also frequent proofs of personal bravery."

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