Biography of George A. French
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GEORGE A. FRENCH
It is scarcely possible to overestimate the value of thorough preparation for life's activities and particularly is this true when the ambitions turn toward one of the professions. In these specialties, whose representatives almost invariably are men of profound thought and trained reasoning faculties, the untrained and unprepared find no opportunity for advancement in a struggle that calls for the greatest skill of the educated. It was the good fortune of Mr. French to secure thorough preparatory training in his youth. His own diligence in study and the interest in his, progress manifested by his father were the principal factors in his intellectual growth. The years of study qualified him for the responsibilities of the world and since be embarked in law practice he has enjoyed a gratifying degree of success in the profession.

The French family is of eastern colonial extraction. Charles O., father of George A., was born at Williston, Chittenden county, Vt., February 24, 1839, and in early years became a resident of Burlington, Vt., where he enjoyed excellent advantages After his graduation from the University of Vermont he embarked in business for himself and for some time he was proprietor of a book and stationery store, but this he sold in 1876 in order to enter upon larger activities. With his removal to New York City began his entrance into a general publishing business, and for some years he met with a slow but steady growth in commercial success and built up a plant of considerable importance in the metropolis. Meanwhile from 1882 until 1887 he served as president of the Dolores Valley Mining Company. Upon his retirement in 1910 from the publishing business he came to California and since then has resided with his son in Riverside.

Among the children of Charles O. and Mary H. French there was a son, George A., whose birth occurred at Burlington, Chittrnden county, Vt., July 5, 1868. and whose primary education was obtained in the city schools. During the year 1880 he was sent to the St. Paul's private school in Concord, N. H., and there he remained until his graduation in 1886. Next he entered Trinity College at Hartford, Conn., from which he was graduated in 1889 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Three years later his alma mater conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts. Entering the law department of Columbia University in New York City during the fall of 1890, he remained in that institution during the winter term and took the preparatory course of lectures. In 1891 he matriculated in the New York Law School, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1892. The superior court granted him the right to practice before the bar of that state and with this groundwork of preparation he entered upon professional activities.

The need existing for a more healthful climatic environment brought Mr. French to California in 1896 and led him to relinquish his professional work temporarily for outdoor life, his first home in the west being upon a farm of about two hundred acres in Riverside county. The entire tract was under cultivation to grain with the exception of twenty acres in olives. After three years on the ranch in 1899 he moved into Riverside and resumed the practice, of law, which he still continues. In addition he serves as judge of the police court, having been first appointed to the office in 1907 under the administration of Mayor S. C. Evans. In January, 1910, he was again chosen to fill the position and on January 1, 1912, received the reappointment by Mayor W. L. Peters. At the time of coming west he was unmarried. July 25, 1899, he married Miss Alice Lindenberger of Winchester, daughter of ion. F. T. Lindenberger, who represented this district in the state legislature during the season of 1897. The family of Mr. and Mrs. French comprises three children: Dorothy E., Mary H., and Charles Oliver, pupils in the public school. The family are Episcopalians in religious faith. In politics Mr. French supports Republican principles. Numerous organizations, social and fraternal, number him among their prominent members, this list including the New England College Club, the College Men's Association of Southern California, the National Geographic Society, Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Royal Arcanum and Independent Order of Foresters.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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