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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 19, May 7, 2006, Article 21

QUIZ ANSWER: ARCHER HUNTINGTON'S WEALTH

One reader writes: "In response to the question posed in last
week's E-Sylum, I don't actually know the source of the Huntington's
wealth, but I would guess that Huntington may have been a descendant
or other relation of C.P. Huntington.  As I recall, C.P. was the
founder of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and a pillar of 19th
century California society.  I believe there is a magnificent
library in Pasadena which was founded and funded by this family.
It contains numerous treasures, such as a Gutenberg Bible."

Rich Jewell writes: "Archer M. Huntington's wealth came from
railroads, steamship lines and shipbuilding.

David T. Alexander has an excellent article the June issue of
Coinage magazine regarding Archer Huntington's life, his
interest in numismatics, things Hispanic and much, much more."

[Jeff Reichenberger pointed out this article as well. Archer
Huntington (1870-1955), was the adopted child of Collis
Huntington, a founder of Southern Pacific.  As C.P.'s only
heir, Archer inherited a massive fortune.

Here's a link to Huntington's biography on the ANS website:
HuntingtonBio.htm

The ANS biography refers to C.P. as Archer's stepfather -
Archer's mother was C.P.'s second wife.  But was there a
biological connection?  One researcher writes:  "The identity
of Archer's father is controversial.  Based on what evidence
I've found, so far, he appears to be the love child of Arabella
and C.P. HUNTINGTON, a product of his 15-year affair with
Arabella while he was still married to his first wife (and she
to her first husband).  After the death of C.P.'s first wife,
C.P. married Arabella and adopted her (now teenage) son.
Before C.P. and Arabella were married, she maintained that
Archer's father was her first husband, John WORSHAM.  But was
Archer really John's son?"
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Regardless, we numismatists can be very thankful for Archer's
inheritance, generosity and good taste.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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