Family's Yosemite legacy

FresnoJuly 7, 2014 

Thank you for running a series of stories about the 1864 Yosemite Land Grant and the great park it started.

I am especially proud of this legislation that was introduced to the U.S. Senate by my great-grandfather, John Conness, U.S. senator from California, 1863-69. Sen. Conness came from very humble beginnings in Ireland and worked to rise to the Senate. He also served in the California Assembly in the 1850s. He worked with the grant to ensure its passage in both houses of the Congress and to get his friend, Abraham Lincoln, to sign it.

I have enjoyed volunteering in the park for a number of years. I encourage all who are able to do so. Many citizens in this area have never visited the park. They don't know what they are missing.

I hope the articles encourage folks to visit and volunteer at this modern wonder of the world in our backyard.

Richard D. Conness


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