Among the public officials of Napa county none has a more creditable record than Robert Corlett, the evidence of
his efficiency and ability being revealed in the fact that he has been retained by his fellow citizens in the important
office of county assessor continuously since 1907, having been elected five times without opposition.
Robert Corlett is a native of the isle of Man, England. He was reared and educated there and in 1873 came to the
United States. He located first in Chicago, where he remained three years, and then, in 1876, came to Napa. His
first work here was as a shavings boy in the old Enterprise planing mill, owned by J. A. Jackson, and of this mill
he eventually became the engineer. His father, with four of his sons, C. D., Robert, William H. and John T., established
a mill of their own in Napa, first at Brown and Fourth streets, and later moving across the river to Third street.
This was long a successful enterprise and was in its day one of the important industrial concerns of this city.
The old mill is still standing on Third street. Robert Corlett sold his interest in the mill in 1911.
Mr. Corlett has long been deeply interested in political affairs, his practical entrance into local politics being
in 1900, when he was nominated and elected State senator, serving in the sessions of 1901 and 1903 as the representative
of the senatorial district composed of Napa and Lake counties. He served as secretary of the republican county
central committee for sixteen consecutive years. In 1906 he was elected county assessor and, as has been told,
he has served continuously since, a period of eighteen years. The duties of this office are peculiarly exacting
and it requires painstaking accuracy and careful attention to handle office details properly. This Mr. Corlett
has succeeded in doing and has proved himself particularly well qualified for the position. Although a modest and
unassuming man and always easily approached, he possesses a sturdy and vigorous personality and in the best sense
of the term is fitted to be a leader of men, exerting a large influence in his community. He has been loyal in
his support of all measures for the betterment of the public welfare and is numbered among the representative men
of Napa county.
Mr. Corlett is a member of Yount Lodge No. 12, Free and Accepted Masons; Napa Chapter No. 30, Royal Arch Masons;
Napa Commandery No. 34, Knights Templar; Napa Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Kiwanis Club of
Napa. His religious affiliation is with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is a liberal supporter. On
August 19, 1885, Mr. Corlett married Miss Elizabeth F. Deery and to them have been born three children, namely:
Robert D. Corlett, who died at the age of thirty four years; Benjamin C. Corlett, who is assistant cashier of the
First National Bank of Napa and who is married and has a son, Robert, two years old, and Frances, wife of Carl
N. Howard, who has a daughter, Elizabeth L.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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