History Mystery: Who is this?

Can you guess who this historical figure is? What is named after him?

Post your guesses for who this historical Ross Valley figure is in the comments below.

Hint: he played a prominent role in the early years of San Anselmo and Fairfax, as the two towns became incorporated. And, some key things are named after him.

The first person to correctly identify our mysterious historical legend in the comments will win hand-delivered Patch swag. If you can give us some background history on him as well, then we may even throw in a Patch t-shirt.

Check back on Thursday to find out who he is.

ACG January 31, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Lord Fairfax
Barbara Petty January 31, 2012 at 08:58 PM
valeri hood February 01, 2012 at 04:31 PM
this is either lord fairfax or frank egger as a young man- they looked very much alike!
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara February 02, 2012 at 01:13 AM
David Weinsoff wanted to post this comment, but couldn't: Charles Snowden Fairfax, who would have been the 10th Lord Fairfax had he renounced his US citizenship and returned from Virginia to England. Instead, he headed west to California in 1849, taking up politics, and becoming the Speaker of the California State House in 1851. He married Ada in 1855, moving to the Town that would bear his name, settling on the property they named "Bird's Nest Glen" and we know as the Marin Town and Country Club. An excellent history of early Fairfax is found in Bill and Brian Sagar's "Images of America Fairfax."
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara February 03, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I posted the answer and some information about him here: http://patch.com/A-q9XB


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