Biography of Hon. John F. Quinn
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





HON. JOHN F. QUINN. - Arrival in Humboldt county and a simultaneous opportunity to purchase unimproved land at a low price led Patrick Quinn to become a pioneer at Table Bluff during the year 1866, since which he has devoted his attention to the improvement of his property, transforming it from an unprofitable, unattractive acreage into a remunerative place with buildings, orchard and stock. When he came here he was a young man, at the threshold of man's estate, rugged physically and well able to endure the hardships of frontier farming. Some few years after his arrival in this county he married Miss Mary McNulty, daughter of Owen McNulty, a pioneer of the early '50s from Texas and a well known innkeeper and farmer at Table Bluff. The McNulty family comprised Mrs. Mary Quinn, Mrs. William Phelan and John McNulty. Born of the union of Patrick and Mary Quinn there were the following daughters and sons: Catherine E., now the wife of A. C. Buxton, of Fortuna; John F., attorney at law, Eureka; William J. Quinn, M. D., a graduate of Cooper Medical College, practicing in Eureka; Owen P., who is connected with his father in the management of the home ranch; Alice Maude, formerly a teacher, now the wife of Oscar Cloney, of Eureka; Erwin T., a practicing lawyer in Eureka; Fred, now with the Pacific Lumber Company; Albert, a graduate of St. Mary's College, of Oakland; Harold, now a student in the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Evelyn.

The earliest recollections of John F. Quinn are associated with the old homestead at Table Bluff, Humboldt county, where he was born April 13, 1875. The country schools gave him a thorough knowledge' Of the common branches. In order to earn the money necessary for a college education he taught school for two and one half years. Later he spent two and one half years at the University of California, where he took the course in law and gained a thorough groundwork of professional training. Admitted to the bar in December, 1899, he began the practice of the law in 1900 and has since been connected with the attorneys of Eureka. The distinction of being the only attorney in Humboldt county to argue a case before the United States supreme court at Washington, D. C., belongs to him.

As a delegate to the Democratic national convention and local conventions and in other ways he has been one of the leading Democrats of the county. At the general election, held November 3, 1914, he was elected to the Assembly by an overwhelming majority to represent Humboldt county at the next session of the State Legislature, which meets in Sacramento on January 4, 1915.

In addition to professional work and public service he gives considerable attention to the management of a ranch of one hundred and seventy four acres near Ferndale, in which he owns a half interest; this being developed for fruit and stock. Mrs. Quinn, formerly Ruby Bartlett, a native of California, is a descendant in the fourth 'generation of Col. Sylvanus Bartlett, commanding officer of a Massachusetts regiment in the Revolution, and who was a first cousin of Mr. Bartlett, who signed the Declaration of Independence. Mrs. Quinn is a daughter of E. Bartlett. a pioneer California railroad builder and bridge builder, who assisted in construction work at the time of the completion of the Union Pacific system into California.

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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