CHARLES H. SECCOMBE
Charles H. Seccombe, of Oakland, has gained distinctive recognition as a learned, able and successful lawyer and,
as a member of the firm of Seccombe & Edson, commands a large and representative clientele. He was born in
Zumbrota, Goodhue county, Minnesota, January 26, 1868, and is a son of the Rev. Charles and Harriet M. (Tolman)
Seccombe, both of whom were members of old New England families and are now deceased. The father was a minister
of the Congregational church and was active and prominent in promoting the higher educational facilities of the
west, having established Carleton College in Minnesota, of which he was the first president, and also founded Yankton
College, at Yankton, South Dakota. The mother was a first cousin of Mrs. Susan B. (Tolman) Mills, founder of Mills
College, Oakland, California.
Charles H. Seccombe received his elementary education in the public schools the middle west and South Dakota, and
then entered Carleton College, from which he was graduated, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1892, receiving
also his Master's degree from that institution in 1895. He etitered Chicago Theological Seminary, from which he
was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Divinity in 1895, and was ordained to the ministry of the Congregational
church. His church work brought him to California in 1906 and soon afterward he started the study law privately.
On April 6, 1916, at Los Angeles, he was admitted to practice and began his professional labors at Riverside, where
he remained about one year, when he came to Oakland, where he has since resided and practiced law. For several
years he was a member of the law firm of Dutton, Seccombe & McDonough. On the 1st of April, 1927, he formed
a law partnership with Henry F. Edson, and, sensing the possibilities of the Fruitvale district of the city, they
opened an office at 1354 Fruitvale avenue, where they have built up a large and steadily increasing practice.
Mr. Seccombe was united in marriage to Miss Georgia M. Luley, a native Of Minnesota and also a student in Carleton
College. To them have been born two children: Mrs. Dorothy Carlson, who is a matron of the Fred Finch orphanage;
and Frederick T., who is in the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Mr. Seccombe is a stanch republican in his political views and has always taken a keen interest in public affairs.
He has frequently been urged to run for public office but has refused to do so. During the World war he was an
effective Four Minute speaker and has worked and given freely of his time and talent for the advancement of the
public welfare, being, particularly interested in the East Bay district. Thoroughness and diligence have characterized
all his labors, professional and otherwise, and he has been loyal to principle in every relation of life, so that
he is well worthy of the confidence and trust which are reposed in him by his fellowmen.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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