Biography of Martin J. Dinkelspiel
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MARTIN J. DINKELSPIEL
One of the able younger attorneys of San Francisco, one who is following in the professional footsteps of his late honored sire, is Martin J. Dinkelspiel, of the legal firm of Dinkelspiel & Dinkelspiel, with offices situated at 333 Montgomery street. He is a native of San Francisco, California, his birth having occurred here November 30, 1898, and he is a son of Henry G. W. and Estelle (Jacobs) Dinkelspiel.

Henry G. W. Dinkelspiel, who was prominent in legal practice, and in political and civic activities of San Francisco, was born in Suisun, California, in the year 1869, and was of pioneer California parentage. Soon after he had been admitted to the state bar he entered upon his political career by serving two terms in the state legislature, which service in 1896 brought him the offer of the republican nomination for congress. This he declined, but in 1908 his fine party activities were recognized when he was chosen as one of California's electors on the successful Taft-Sherman presidential ticket. He was consul, and later consul general, for Siam from 1913 until his death. He was the founder and president of the Grizzly Bear Club of the Native Sons, and for many years was chairman of the native sons' and daughters' committee for homeless children. He was a thirty second degree Mason, a member of Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine, and was prominent in the work of the American and California State Bar Associations, as well as in a number of city clubs and organizations. Mr. Dinkelspiel's death occurred April 20, 1931, and he is survived by his widow and two sons.

Martin J. Dinkelspiel attended the grade schools and continued his studies at the Lowell high school, from which he graduated in 1916. He then entered the University of California, but his work here was interrupted when he enlisted in the United States Navy after war had been declared against Germany. He served during the period of hostilities, and after being honorably discharged he matriculated at Harvard College, from which institution he received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1922, having been admitted to the state bar of California in 1921. He immediately became associated with his father in the general practice of law in San Francisco and was later joined by his brother, John Walton Dinkelspiel. After the death of the elder Dinkeispiel, the two brothers continued in practice, as at present, under the firm name of Dinkelspiel & Dinkelspiel. They enjoy a clientele of large extent, and have in every respect upheld the dignity and ethical honor of their family name before the local bar.

Martin J. Dinkelspiel was married June 20, 1929, to Miss Frances Lederman, a native daughter of San Francisco, and to their union has been born a son, Peter. The political affiliation of Mr. Dinkelspiel is with the republican party. He now holds the official position as consul for the country of Siam in San Francisco. He is a thirty second degree Mason, belonging to Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He is likewise a member of the Sciots, the Native Sons of the Golden West, the Argonaut Club, the Concordia Club, the Commonwealth Club, and the Beresford Country Club. Hunting and fishing are his favorite diversions.

John Walton Dimkelspiel, brother of the above and junior member of the law firm, was born in San Francisco, October 31, 1904. He finished the courses of the grade and high schools of this city, and then took up his more advanced studies at the University of California, from which he received the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1923. Having determined upon the law as his life's work, he then entered Harvard College and received the Bachelor of Laws degree in 1926. He then formed a legal association with his father and brother in San Francisco. He is a republican in politics, and belongs to the Concordia Club, the Argonaut Club, and the Beresford Country Club. On the 24th of September, 1931, he married Miss Clara Bransten, of Atherton, California.

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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