FRANK R. SWEASEY - Of the law firm of Leiss & Sweasey, in San Francisco, is a Humboldt county "boy"
who is making so good that the home folks are quite justified in feeling proud of him. Mr. Sweasey is the son of
Richard and Annie M. (Wilson) Sweasey, and was born in Eureka, December 20, 1875. He received his early education
in the Eureka public schools, and still keeps in close and friendly touch with the friends and companions of those
"barefoot" days. After graduating from high school he completed a three years' scientific course at the
University of California. Afterwards he entered the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor,
from which he was graduated in 1900, with the degree of LL. B.
Although he chose an eastern school for his alma mater, this loyal son never for a moment contemplated deserting
his native state, and immediately on receiving his sheep skin he returned to San Francisco, where he was admitted
to the bar and began the practice of law in 1901, being associated with Nathan H. Frank, the leading maritime lawyer
of San Francisco; thereafter for five years he was in the office of Gillett & Cutler, and for two years of
that time was in charge of their Eureka office. In 1909-10 he was appointed the first attorney for the Superintendent
of Banks of the State of California, serving under the then Superintendent Alden Anderson. Mr. Sweasey formed his
present partnership with Mr. Emil Leiss in 1912, under the firm name of Leiss & Sweasey, and together they
have builded a most enviable business reputation.
Mr. Sweasey, despite his business success and popularity in the Golden Gate city, has never forgotten Eureka, or
lost his affectionate interest in the affairs of Humboldt county. He still maintains his business relations with
his native city, and has many interests here. Probably the most important of these is the Humboldt Steamship Company,
of which he is secretary and member of the board of directors.
The greatest compliment which he has paid to his home county, however, lies in the fact that he chose his wife
from among her daughters, the present Mrs. Sweasey being the former Miss Barbara Ann McLeod, native of Fortuna,
Humboldt county. In San Francisco both Mr. and Mrs. Sweasey have a wide circle of friends, and Mr. Sweasey is a
member of the San Francisco Bar Association, the Commonwealth Club and the Economic Club, the latter two numbering
among their membership the most influential and progressive men of California.
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915
Humboldt County, CA
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