Historical Exhibit

The General: The Life of M. H. Sherman

Moses Hazeltine Sherman, the man for whom Sherman Library & Gardens is named, lead a remarkable life.  In 1874, he journeyed to the Arizona Territory to be a school teacher.  Before leaving Arizona in 1890, he served as the Territorial Superintendent of Public Instruction and Adjutant General, and he had become one of the Territory’s most prominent businessmen by investing in mines, cattle, and land.  After moving to Los Angeles, Sherman developed railways, was partner to some of the largest land investments in the state, including the subdivision of the San Fernando Valley, and helped to develop the Los Angeles Steamship Company.  Learn more about this fascinating man at the exhibit The General: The Life of M. H. Sherman, currently on display in the Adobe.

Portrait of Moses Hazeltine Sherman
This portrait of M. H. Sherman was taken about 1890.
In 1923, M. H. Sherman formed a syndicate to subdivide land in the Hollywood Hills years before. The exclusive development the group envisioned was named Hollywoodland. The Hollywoodland sign they constructed above the development eventually became a world-wide icon.
In the 1890s, M. H. Sherman and E. P. Clarke, his brother-in-law, developed the Los Angeles and Pasadena Railway, the first interurban railway in southern California.