Biography of Joseph D. H. Chamberlain
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





JOSEPH DIBBLE HOYT CHAMBERLAIN. - Being restless as a lad, eager to see the world and fond of travel, Mr. Chamberlain enlisted when in his teens in the United States navy and prior to completing his apprenticeship, when twenty one years of age, had circumnavigated the globe three times. This was a task calling for physical strength, powers of endurance and fearless courage, and the fact that he continued in service several years furnishes proof as to his fine physical and mental qualities. In 1849 he rounded Cape Horn and, on landing in San Francisco, found the discussion of the discovery of gold to be the general theme of conversation. With others, he rushed for the mines, but meeting with indifferent success, returned to his home in Erie county, N. Y., and decided to take up the profession of law. In due time he was admitted to the bar in New York state and practiced there until he moved to Kansas. There he won extended patronage by reason of his wide understanding of law and adjustive ability and made it his home until 1872, when he determined to try his fortunes on the coast, locating in Eureka, Cal. Among its legal practitioners who materially increased the professional prestige of Humboldt county, none was more typically representative of western enterprise and eastern conservatism than Mr. Chamberlain, who for many years was the law partner of the Hon. J. J. De Haven. On the election of the latter to the United States senate, he associated himself with Hon. Frank McGowan and afterward with C. M. Wheeler. Mr. Chamberlain was the possessor of one of the largest and most valuable law libraries in the county, and his exceptionally high standing throughout the state proved not only determination of character and resolution of purpose, but also an unusual capacity of intellect and superior powers of mind. Rarely indeed is there to be found in any community a man so deeply honored or so generally beloved. He was born January 31, 1827, and died June 17, 1902.

Mr. Chamberlain was interested in everything pertaining to Masonry, having been a member of the Blue Lodge, Knights Templar, and of Islam Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. of San Francisco. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythias. Politically he was a Republican. In August, 1890, he was married to Mrs. Sarah Shaw Stewart, a native of Center Point, Iowa, who is represented in a separate sketch in this work.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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