Biography of James D. Phelan
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JAMES DUVAL PHELAN, Democrat, native of San Francisco, graduated from St. Ignatius University with degree of A. B.; honorary degree Ph. D. Santa Clara University; studied law University of California; was vice president of California World's Columbian Commission, 1893; elected three times mayor of San Francisco, 1897-1902; after San Francisco disaster was president of relief and Red Cross fund; served as regent of the University of California; member of library trustees and park commission; chairman charter association which gave new charter to San Francisco; president adornment association which procured the Burnham plans for that city; member of the Society of California Pioneers; president of the hall association of the Native Sons of the Golden West; president of the Mutual Savings Bank, and director in the First National Bank and First Federal Trust Co. of San Francisco. He received complimentary vote for United States Senator in the California Legislature in 1900; was commissioned by appointment of State Department to Europe, 1913, on behalf of the United States Government to support the invitation of the President to foreign countries to participate in the Panama-Pacific Exposition; in December, 1914, was appointed by State Department, under special authority from the President, to investigate the fitness of the American minister to the Dominican Republic; was nominated in Democratic primaries August, 1914, as party candidate for the United States Senate by popular election; elected November of the same year, receiving a plurality of 25,000 votes, carrying 39 counties to his opponents' 19. His term of service will expire March 3, 1921. Address, 2249 R Street, Washington, D. C.; Pheian Building, or residence, 2150 Washington Street, San Francisco; country residence, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, Santa Clara County, Cal.

From:
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918


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