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Santa Barbara History of John S. Hawley
updated: Aug 23, 2014, 4:00 PM

[Ed Note: Peter recently reached out to edhat and our columnist Betsy J. Green to find out more information on John S. Hawley, the builder of the San Marcos building on State Street. After conducting his research and finishing his article, he shared the below information with us.]

By Peter Reitan

John S. Hawley, who built the San Marcos Building in Santa Barbara, invented the household plunger. This accomplishment, probably his greatest achievement, is not mentioned in any of his biographies. I just discovered the invention of the plunger by happenstance, and started looking into it, and made the connection with John S. Hawley, the sugar magnate.

I put the results of my research at http://esnpc.blogspot.com/2014/08/force-cups-plumbers-friends- and.html

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 COMMENT 547248 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-23 05:59 PM

Very interesting article, but much more than I needed to know. But yes, interesting.


 COMMENT 547286P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-23 08:55 PM

Interesting article. One would probably never think that the plunger inventor would also be in the candy business.


 COMMENT 547293P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-23 10:19 PM

Enjoyed this quirky information - hope you'll send us more such background info about our area.


 COMMENT 547392 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-24 10:52 AM

I very much enjoyed this article. Much thanks to the writer and researcher.


 COMMENT 547542P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-24 10:39 PM

Great article, some fine research. I once did a bunch of research that involved industrial-revolution-era trade journals, which are fascinating. It's fun to see all the things that were proposed, compared to those few which survived.

I love the San Marcos building. The decorative work on that building is amazing.

John Hawley sounds like a real renaissance man. The company that bought his confectionery is called Mars, though, not M&M Mars. M&M is a brand.


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