THE FIRM OF Huntington & Hopkins was reorganized on January 1, 1868, admitting to partnership Albert Gallatin, William R. S. Foye, Charles Miller, and Horace H. Seaton, who had all been in the employ of the firm and largely identified with its business. The new firm's name was thereafter known as Huntington, Hopkins & Company.
Albert Gallatin (no relation to Albert Gallatin, Jefferson's Secretary of the Treasury) was born at Sparta, Livingston County, New York. He came to California in 1860 and tried mining on the Salmon River without success. He arrived in Sacramento in 1861 without a dollar, and applied to Huntington & Hopkins for work. He accepted the job of porter, the only one available at the time, from which humble position he rose to that of salesman. He testified later to the interest Mr. Huntington took in his welfare and the pains he took to advance him in the business. In 1864, he engaged in the hardware business with George P. Howe at Dayton, Nevada, but sold out to his partner in 1867 and resumed the duties of salesman for Huntington & Hopkins. The next year he became a member of the firm.
W. R. S. Foye was a native of Wiscasset, Maine, and received a good business education in Boston. He came to California in 1856 and engaged as salesman with the firm