Biography of Cromwell L. Ormsby
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CROMWELL L. ORMSBY
Cromwell L. Ormsby, of Oakland, is fast gaining recognition as a capable and successful lawyer, his legal work being characterized by wisdom, fidelity and determination which have won for him a high standing in the profession. A native of Logan, Utah, he was born on the 8th of September, 1895, and is a son of Oliver C. and Rebecca (Longton) Ormsby, the former a prominent physician there for many years, his death occurring in 1916. His widow died in Oakland in 1924.

Cromwell Ormsby secured a good public school education, graduating from the Oakland high school in 1913, and then entered the University of California. However, his studies were interrupted by his response to his country's call and in 1917 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty fifth Field Artillery. He was in training at Camp Kearney and in March, 1918, went overseas with his unit. He was in active service, taking part in the second battle of the Marne, in July, 1918, and remained in France until April, 1919, when he was returned home and honorably discharged. In 1920 he entered the law school of the University of California, from which he was graduated in 1923, and at once engaged in the practice of law in Oakland, establishing offices in the Syndicate building, in which he is still located. He is a sound and safe advisor in legal matters and in the trial of causes has proven skillful and resourceful. He is loyal to the traditions and ethics of his profession, commanding the respect of both jurists and fellow lawyers, and has measured up to the requirements of every condition in which he has been placed, so that he is well deserving of the confidence and respect in which he is held by all who know him. In 1916 Mr. Ormsby was united in marriage to Miss Maida Waters, who was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and is a daughter of George and Sarah Waters, the former of whom was extensively engaged in farming, owning a large ranch. Mr. and Mrs. Ormsby move in the best social circles of Oakland and enjoy well merited popularity among their associates.

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


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