Biography of Hon. John H. G. Weaver
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





HON. JOHN H. G. WEAVER. - To have been chosen the first president of the Humboldt County Bar Association and to have been retained in the office as its sole incumbent is no slight honor, and it is a matter worthy of more than trivial mention that one should be prominently associated with the bar of the same city for a period of nearly forty years, taking charge of cases that involve legal technicalities, winning frequent victories in the most exacting and intricate court trials, and rising into prominence as advocate and counselor. Such honors have come to Mr. Weaver and such prominence has been his in a long association with the bar of Eureka and Humboldt county, where he has been a resident through years of successful activity. In seeking a location for the practice of law he came west from Michigan, where his previous life had been passed and his education obtained. A native of Coldwater, Branch county, that state, he was born September 6, 1846, and was attending school at the outbreak of the Civil war. At the age of eighteen years, February 22, 1865, he enlisted as a private in Company I, Eleventh Michigan Infantry, Army of the Cumberland. He served until after the close of the war, when he was mustered out and honorably discharged September 23, 1865. After he had completed the studies of the high schools at Quincy and Coldwater, Mich., he took the scientific course in Hillsdale College and was graduated in 1872 with the degree of B. S. Having begun the study of law in an office at Coldwater, he later entered the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated with the degree of LL. B. in 1874. During the same year he was admitted to practice before the courts of Michigan. Immediately thereafter he removed to Kansas and was principal of La Cygne Schools for two years.

A school teacher at Arcata for a year after his arrival in Humboldt county during April of 1876, Mr. Weaver came to Eureka in 1877 and has engaged in law practice here ever since. The Republican party has had in him an experienced and wise local leader and he has been deservedly conspicuous in all of the party affairs here. For one term, he served as city attorney of Eureka and in the sessions of 1883 and 1885 he represented the county as assemblyman in the state legislature. Fraternally he was made a Mason in La Cygne (Kan.) Lodge, but since 1878 he has been a member of Humboldt Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M. Since 1886 he has been honored with the office of commander of Colonel Whipple Post No. 49, G. A. R., at Eureka, and in all of that period he has led the Grand Army in its local philanthropies, its kindnesses to the living and its tributes of honor for the dead. By his marriage to Miss Flora Williams, a native of Indiana, he has two daughters, Charlotte and Bonita, both graduates of the University of California and young ladies of culture, training and accomplishments. The younger daughter at present is a teacher in the Madera (Cal.) high school.

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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