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Larkin House

The Larkin House, a national landmark in Monterey, CA. (1835). It is purportedly the first two-story house in California. Thomas O. Larkin was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts. After a few failed ventures, he joined his half-brother, John Bautista Rogers Cooper, with a business in California. Larkin worked as a clerk for Cooper until 1833, when he started a store and mill of his own. He also purchased a sawmill in Santa Cruz. In 1843, President John Tyler appointed Larkin the consul to Alta California. After the Bear Flage Revolt, Larkin partnered with Robert Semple to found the town of Benicia, but sold his shares after a few years to focus on business interests in San Francisco. He built San Francisco's first brick building in 1850. Larkin spent his last years accumulating lands, helping him to become one of the richest men in America. He died from typhoid fever in 1858 in Colusa.

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Taken on August 21, 2013