In California's Spanish and Mexican eras there was not much formal education. The nearest university was that of Guadalajara, founded in 1792. The Híjar-Padrés colony of 1834 brought teachers who might have been the province's first permanent residents to hold professional qualifications. Richard Henry Dana Jr. visited that same year on leave from Harvard College. In 1846 the U.S. acquired California. The University of California, whose creation became more urgent as more native sons were born, graduated its first class in 1873.

I want to know about the first person or persons from California that went away to university, or studied at one of the University of California's predecessor institutions, or another school in the state. The sons of established businessmen like Hartnell, Larkin, and Stearns seem like candidates. Perhaps some brainy kid was even sent to Guadalajara decades before.

  • What do you mean by "the University of California's predecessor institutions?" – Ben Crowell Apr 25 '18 at 5:42
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    The Contra Costa Academy and the College of California. – Aaron Brick Apr 25 '18 at 6:38
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    @AaronBrick: Comments are ephemeral, and subject to arbitrary deletion at any time. Please edit clarifications into the question itself. – Pieter Geerkens Aug 8 '18 at 17:06

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