Biography and History

John Daggett was born in Newark, New York, May 9, 1833. He came to California around 1852, at age 19, with his brother David and was elected to the Assembly in 1858, and re-elected in 1859, and 1880. He bought into the Black Bear Mine in 1862, sold out in 1863, re-opened in 1866, and sold out again in 1872. He bought it again in 1884-85. Daggett was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1882. He was appointed Superintendent of the United States Mint in San Francisco in 1893, in which capacity he served for four years. He held interest in the Calico Mine in San Bernardino County. The city of Daggett, in this mining area, was named for him. He died August 30, 1919. [sketch from California State Library]

Source: From the finding aid for C0954

  • John Daggett Collection. 1880s-1914 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0954

    The John Daggett Collection consists primarily of 41 photographs taken by Daggett documenting his mining life in the Black Bear, Siskiyou County, California, area in the late 1800s.

  • John Daggett Collection. 1880s-1914 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0954

    The John Daggett Collection consists primarily of 41 photographs taken by Daggett documenting his mining life in the Black Bear, Siskiyou County, California, area in the late 1800s.