Biography of Frank Mitchell, Jr.
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Frank Mitchell, Jr., of Oakland, is one of the best known members of the Alameda county bar, his record having gained for him wide recognition as an able, learned and successful lawyer, so that he commands a large practice in the courts of this county. Mr. Mitchell was born in Portland, Maine, November 24, 1886, and is a son of Frank and Rosa (Amaral) Mitchell, both of whom are of Portuguese descent. When Mr. Mitchell was about eighteen months old, the family came to California, locating in Hayward, Alameda county, where his father engaged in the retail shoe business from 1889 to March, 1927, since which time he has been retired from active business. One of Mr. Mitchell's uncles came to California in 1856 and afterwards served in the Union Army during the Civil war.

After attending the grammar schools of Hayward, graduating from high school in 1906, Frank Mitchell, Jr., entered the law school of the University of California, and later completed his law course in the Hastings College of Law, in San Francisco, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Law in June, 1910. In the 1907 session of the state legislature he served as a clerk in that body. During his school and college years he had assisted his father in the latter's store and was with him for six months after completing his law course. In September, 1910, he entered the law offices of Gibson & Woolner, remaining with that firm until 1915. In the previous year he was elected justice of the peace for Eden township and at that time also engaged in the private practice of his profession. In 1912 he was appointed city attorney of Hayward, holding that office until 1916, when he resigned and in the following year joined J. A. Kennedy and J. J. McDonald, with whom he remained until 1922. On January 1st of that year he was appointed chief deputy in the office of the prosecuting attorney but later resigned that position in order to take up private practice in which he has since been busily engaged. He has a large clientele and, being of Portuguese descent, is accorded a substantial practice among the people of that nationality here. A man of keen mentality, thorough legal training, the highest sense of honor and keen appreciation of the service which he should render to his fellowmen, he has brought to the discharge of every duty a determination to give very best efforts, and his loyalty and capability have gained for him a high place in public esteem.

Mr. Mitchell has long been active in fraternal affairs, in which he has been honored with distinctive preferment. He is a member of the Foresters of America, of which he was grand chief ranger for California during the years 1920-21 and has three times been a representative to the nation convention of that order. Of the U. P. E. C. he was supreme president in 1923-24, and for the Knights of Columbus he represented the state of California at the supreme council at Daveport, Iowa. He also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World, the Young Men's Institute and the I. D. E. S. He is an active supporter of the republican party. His professional connection is with the Alameda County Bar Association, of which he was vice president for ten years, and the California State Bar Association. He has a wide acquaintance in this section of the state and his splendid record and high personal qualities have gained for him a large circle of loyal friends and warm admirers.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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