HON. JOSEPH M. GOLDEN
Among the younger lawyers of San Francisco, none has risen higher than the Hon. Joseph M. Golden, who is now
the municipal judge, Department 7, in this city, and who has made a most satisfactory record during the years he
has held this responsible position. He is a native of San Francisco, born March 13, 1893, and is a son of Patrick
J. and Elizabeth (Fitzpatrick) Golden.
Patrick J. Golden was born in County Sligo, Ireland, and came to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1875, the same year
that his future wife arrived from Ireland. Soon afterward, they moved to California, and in Alameda they were united
in marriage on September 9, 1876. Later in the same year they established their residence in San Francisco, where
they have since retained their home. Mr. Golden was an employe of the city and county board of public works during
his active career. He is a republican, and a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church. He and his wife became the
parents of six sons and four daughters, of whom Judge Golden is the ninth in order of birth.
Joseph M. Golden attended the General John C. Fremont school in San Francisco, but he was compelled by force of
circumstances to leave high school when he was sixteen years old and enter the employ of the Savings Union Bank
& Trust Company, where he subsequently held various positions. In 1912, he began to study law in the evening
classes of St. Ignatius College, and by persistent work and determination completed the course, receiving his degree
of Bachelor of Laws on June 9, 1916. After the United States declared war upon Germany, he laid aside his plans
for the future in the law practice and enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve. For two years he was stationed
in the Panama Canal Zone and then received his honorable discharge. Immediately after his graduation, however,
he had become associated with his brother, William P. Golden, who is now assistant district attorney, under the
firm name of Golden & Golden, and this partnership was continued until he was elected police judge.
Judge Golden first became a candidate for police judge in San Francisco in 1923. The opposition was strong and
the campaign was a strenuous one, but, through the fine efforts of his mother, who managed his fight for the office,
he was successful in the election. For four years he fulfilled the duties of this office with distinction to himself
and complete satisfaction to the people of San Francisco. Then again he became a candidate, and again his mother,
inspired by mother love and hopes for his success, managed his campaign successfully and he was reelected to his
second term. On July 1, 1930, by constitutional amendment, he was made municipal judge, the office he is now filling.
Judge Golden is a stanch republican, and has been zealous in his support of the party principles. He is a devout
member of St. Ignatius parish of the Roman Catholic Church. His fraternal and kindred associations include the
following: San Francisco Council, No. 615, Knights of Columbus; Independent Order of Foresters; San Francisco Lodge,
No. 3, Foresters of America; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Golden Gate Camp, No. 64, Woodmen of
the World; the Ancient Order of Hibernians; the Fraternal Order of Eagles; the Young Men's Institute; Pacific Parlor,
No. 10, Native Sons of the Golden West; and the Alumni Association of the University of San Francisco, formerly
St. Ignatius College. The Judge has found recreation principally in golf, swimming, and handball, and indulges
in these beneficial sports at every opportunity. He is unmarried, and makes his home at 848 Lyon street in San
Francisco. He has won hearty commendation from every source for his able service as police and municipal judge.
His decisions have been fair, decisive and evident of thorough study and thought before having been given. The
loyalty and the enthusiasm shown by his beloved mother in his career have provided him with a splendid incentive
to carry on to the best of his ability. This, with the natural talent he possesses, has brought to him the meritorious
reputation he now enjoys in San Francisco.
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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