William Alexander Leidesdorff

William Alexander Leidesdorff (HM1DXT)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94104 San Francisco County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 47.528', W 122° 24.096'

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1810 - 1848

Between his arrival in the sleepy trading post of Yerba Buena in 1841 and his untimely death seven years later, William Alexander Leidesdorff - the son of a Danish Jewish sugar planter and a black plantation worker in St. Croix - cemented his legacy as one of San Francisco's most remarkable founding fathers.

Among his fascinating list of achievements:

City Treasurer · Vice-Consul of the United States to Mexico · Launched the first steamboat to sail the bay (The Sitka) · Built and operated the city's first hotel (The City Hotel) · Donated the land to build California's first public school · Member of San Francisco's first town council · Organized California's first horse race · Financed the U.S. military's California campaign in the Mexican American War. · Widely considered to be the United States' first African-American millionaire.

This statue, sculpted by Bay Area artist Bruce Hasson, pays homage to a true San Francisco visionary who defined the unique spirit of the City by the Bay: innovative, bold, generous and civic-mined.
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 552686 N 4182920
Decimal Degrees37.79213333, -122.40160000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.528', W 122° 24.096'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 31.68" N, 122° 24' 5.76" W
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Area Code(s)415, 925, 510, 831, 650,
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1042 Kearny St, San Francisco CA 94104, US
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