08/25/1836 Bret Harte was born in Albany, New York, to a family of little financial means
1845 father dies
1854 his mother, now a widow, moved him to California.
1857 he found work as a compositor in the office of the San Francisco Golden Era.
1864 Harte obtained an appointment in the branch mint at San Francisco
1865 Outcroppings printed
1868 Harte is editor of newly founded Overland Monthly
1870 Plain Language from Truthful James published
1871 he moved to New York
1877 writes play Ah Sin with Mark Twain
1878 Bret Harte was appointed United States Counsul at Crefeld, Germany
1880 Harte was transferred to Glasgow, Scotland
05/06/1902 He died in Camberely, England from throat cancer