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Don Abrego

 (1813 - 1878)
Don Jose Abrego was active/lived in California / Mexico.  Don Abrego is known for sketch artist.

Biography   Don Abrego

Born in Mexico City on March 3, 1813, Don Jose Abrego ran a billiards parlor in Monterey in 1848 and was president of an association which operated a quick silver mine.

When California became a state in 1850, he was an official of both the Mexican and Yankee governments.  In 1862 he established a soap factory in Monterey and was active in local affairs until his death in April 1878.  His historic adobe is preserved there.

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Sacramento Bee, 12-14-1940; Pacific Monthly, Aug. 1863; California State Library (Sacramento); San Jose Pioneer, 4-20-1878 (obituary).

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