William A. Richardson
Businessperson, Deceased Person
1795 – 1856
Who was William A. Richardson?
William Richardson was an early California entrepreneur, influential in the development of Yerba Buena which later became San Francisco. Richardson was the first to receive a land grant in the city, deeded to him by the alcalde José Joaquín Estudillo. He was subsequently awarded even larger land holdings across the San Francisco Bay, a private rancho comprising a large portion of present-day Marin County. On these lands he founded the city of Sausalito.
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