Burnett, Peter Hardeman

[Peter Hardeman Burnett] (1807-1895) First governor of California after its admission to the Union, born Nashville, Tennessee; died San Francisco, California. He was admitted to the bar in 1839. He lost faith in Alexander Campbell, whose church he had joined, on reading Campbell's published debate with Archbishop Purcell. Having taken a prominent part in the formation of the territory of Oregon, he later removed to California (1848), where he held a succession of important public positions, being elected governor in 1849. He became a Catholic in 1856, his most famous work being "The Path which Led a Protestant Lawyer to the Catholic Church."

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