Portrait of James Irvine (1827-1886). A successful businessman, he acquired three ranchos (approximately 115,000 acres) in southern California along with brothers Thomas and Benjamin Flint and their cousin Llewellyn Bixby. Originally a sheep-raising operation, the acreage became one of the largest, most productive agriculture enterprises in the state of California.

Portrait of James Irvine (1827-1886). A successful businessman, he acquired three ranchos (approximately 115,000 acres) in southern California along with brothers Thomas and Benjamin Flint and their cousin Llewellyn Bixby. Originally a sheep-raising operation, the acreage became one of the largest, most productive agriculture enterprises in the state of California.

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