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Pierson B. Reading


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan CD-AL 171 Loss
09-03-1851 Whig Governor 21531 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: November 26, 1816 in New Jersey
Married: Fanny Washington
Children: Five (including Robert and Alice M. Reading)
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War)
Died: May 29, 1868 in Buena Ventura (Shasta County), CA

1847: Signed the Treaty of Cahuenga, which surrendered the last Mexican military forces in California ended the Mexican-American War in California. (The seven signatories were Pierson B. ReadingW. H. Russell, Louis McLane, Jr., Jose Antonio CarrilloAgustin OlveraJohn C. Fremont, and Andres Pico)

  • PLACENAME: The City of Redding was known as Reading from 1874 to 1880 in honor of Reading, who had founded the city. The name was later changed to honor Benjamin B. Redding.
  • The U.S. Army's established a Camp Reading (near Redding) in Shasta County in 1852. The post closed in 1856.
  • California Historic Landmarks #10 and #32 honor the "READING ADOBE" (home of Pierson Barton Reading from 1816-1868), and "READING'S BAR" where Reading and his Indians washed out the first gold in Shasta County".
  • In addition to the Reading Adobe and Reading's Bar, Shasta County is home to Reading Island Park, the City of Shasta (which was first named Readings Springs), and the  Fort Reading (1852-1867). Also, Reading Peak (in Lassen National Park) is named for Reading.

[Source: 1000 California Place Names by Erwin G. Gudde]