John Shertzer Hittell (1825-1901) was as American author. He graduated from Miami University in 1843, then studied law, but never completed his studies. He went to California in 1849 and worked as a miner in Shasta County. In 1853, Hittell moved to San Francisco and became the editor writer of the San Francisco Daily Alta California newspaper. His works include: Yosemite: Its Wonders and its Beauties (1868) and The Resources of California (1879).