Biography of Harold J. Abraham
San Francisco, CA Biographies





Harold J. Abraham, who is considered one of the most capable and talented of the younger members of the San Francisco bar, is engaged in the general practice of his profession at 690 Market street. He was born in this city February 9, 1897, and is a son of the late Jacob Abraham and his wife, Ray (Harris) Abraham.

On Mr. Abraham's paternal side, the first of his family in California was his grandfather, who came to the coast by the water route in 1855. The maternal grandfather came to the state in 1847 and was long active as a shipping outfitter. Jacob Abraham was a lifelong resident of San Francisco, and devoted his attention to the furnishing goods business. He died in 192,9. His widow, who is a native of this city, survives him. Her father, Joseph Harris, was also one of the city's pioneer merchants.

Harold J. Abraham graduated from the Lowell high school in 1914, and then entered Stanford University for the purpose of studying law. The United States' declaration of war, however, interrupted his legal training for a period. He enlisted in the First Regiment of Artillery as a private, and eventually was promoted to first lieutenant in the quartermaster's department. He served in the United States Army for two years, one month, and three days. He did not abandon the study of law, for this was the profession he had determined to make his life's work. After the close of his war service, he took the examination for the bar, was successful, and duly admitted in the state of California, July 1, 1919. For eleven years following, he was associated with one of San Francisco's most brilliant lawyers, Milton A. Nathan, who died in 1929. Since that date, Mr. Abraham has been with Clarence Morris, and their offices are in the de Young building. He has lived up to the letter of the ethical code among lawyers, and holds the respect of his contemporaries. He has conducted litigation of consequence, and has altogether made a record of substantial achievement in the first phase of his legal career.

Mr. Abraham was married to Miss Renne Levy, a native daughter of San Francisco and a former schoolmate. They are the parents of three children: Gerald M., Richard, and Renette.

Mr. Abraham's political views are republican in nature, but he has not been an aspirant for public office. Fraternally he is identified with Fidelity Lodge of the Masons. He is past commander of the American Legion, and past vice commander of the San Francisco County American Legion, also belongs to the United Veterans of the Republic, the Margin Rod and Gun Club, and the Rio Del Mar Golf Club. Golf and fishing are his favorite diversions. He is listed among those citizens of San Francisco whose attitude toward civic affairs and public movements may be found cooperative and helpful if the case in point is one for the welfare of the community.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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