H. Arthur Dunn, a member of an old and honored family of San Francisco, entered the legal profession by way
of journalism and has achieved prominence as an editor, a lawyer and a writer. He was born in this city on the
18th of June, 1881, a son of William R. and Beatrice M. (Kelly) Dunn, who were also natives of San Francisco. In
infancy he lost his father and the mother is also deceased. His grandparents in both the paternal and maternal
lines pioneered in California, the Dunn family coming to the state about 1849, while the Kelly family arrived here
in 1850. The father of William R. Dunn was one of the early contractors of San Francisco and the builder of the
first United States mint in this city.
In the acquirement of an education H. Arthur Dunn attended the public schools of Rio Vista and Nevada City and
then took a course in St. Mary's College. Taking up newspaper work, he joined the editorial staff of the Hearst
organization and for a time was city editor of the San Francisco Bulletin. He was also an editorial writer for
the Hearst papers in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, becoming well known in journalistic circles of both the
east and the west. Attracted to the legal profession, he took up the study of law and was eventually admitted to
the bar of California. Opening an office on California street, San Francisco, he has always remained on that thoroughfare
and specializes in litigation having to do with the green coffee, bean and paper industries of the state. He is
particularly well informed upon the subject of commercial law and is the author of a law text book on commercial
arbitration. A gifted and facile writer, he has been a frequent contributor to leading magazines of the country
and is the author of the "Romance of Mining," the "Japanization of Hawaii" and "Trade
Rules and Customs."
Mr. Dunn was married to Miss Nell Anderson, a native of San Francisco and a daughter of F. M. Anderson, prominently
identified with milling interests of the city. The two sons of this marriage are: H. Arthur, Jr., who completed
a course in the University of California and is associated with his father in the practice of law; and William
R., who was also graduated from the University of California and is now an electrical and mechanical engineer.
Mr. Dunn votes with the democratic party but has never sought political preferment, for he is engrossed in his
literary and professional work. Through intensive study he has become a man of broad culture and measures up to
high standards in every relation of life.
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
San Francisco, CA
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