PERCY V. LONG
One of the attorneys practicing at the bar of San Francisco, Percy V. Long, has a somewhat varied career as a public
official. He was born at Sonora, Tuolumne county, California, March 26, 1870, a son of William Giles Long, a native
of Saint George, Maine, who came to California in 1850 as first mate of a sailing vessel that made the trip around
Cape Horn. He arrived at San Francisco in March of that year and went immediately to Tuolumne county to engage
in mining, becoming the owner of the ditch that ran from Jimtown to Camp Sego, Poverty Hill and Quartz Hill, now
known as Stent. His partners in this enterprise were P. B. Smith and W. W. Trailer, and they operated under the
name of Smith, Trailer & Long.
In the '50s Mr Long returned to Maine, where he married Miss Mary Jane Linekin. Purchasing a number of vessels,
he was engaged in the Atlantic coast trade, but later sold them, and, with his wife, returned to California, making
the trip by way of the Isthmus of Panama, Mrs. Long riding across the Isthmus on a mule.
In young manhood Mr. Long had been training officer, with the rank of captain, on a transport during the Mexican
war, and when war broke out between the north and the south he became a member of the Sonora Home Guards. Later
on in life he was very active politically, serving in 1874 and in 1884 as a member of the California state assembly,
and for four years was United States marshal under President Harrison. When John Sedgwick was made internal revenue
collector Mr. Long became one of his assistants. Very zealous as a Mason, he was deputy grand master of the order
in his district. His death occurred in 1912, he having survived his wife a year. They had the following children:
Robert L., who is a mining superintendent of Kern county; Charles S., who is engaged in the mining business in
Kern county, and in fruit growing and agriculture in Tuolumne and Alameda counties; Percy V., whose name heads
this review; Jennie A., who is the wife of Frank Doughty, a civil engineer and a member of the firm of Haas &
Company; and Mrs. Wilietta Fairbanks, who is a resident of San Francisco.
Percy V. Long attended the public schools of Hayward and the Oakland high school. He was admitted to the bar of
California at Los Angeles, October 10, 1892. From 1891 to 1895 he was deputy clerk of the supreme court of the
state, and from 1901 to 1903, served as a justice of the peace in San Francisco. From 1903 to 1906 and again from
1907 to 1918 he was city attorney of San Francisco. He is a republican and has taken an active part in politics,
having served on the state central committee for mangy years, and with Mr. Requa had charge of the Coolidge campaign
in California during 1924. In addition to his practice Mr. Long is assistant general counsel of the National Board
of Fire Underwriters. He belongs to the Bohemian Club, the Commonwealth Club, the Native Sons of the Golden West,
the Sons of the American Revolution, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and is a thirty second degree
Mason and belongs to Islam Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.
On May 30, 1900, Mr. Long married Miss Emma B. Sexton, a native of San Jose, California, and a daughter of William
Sexton, who came to California in 1852, and became one of the prominent men of Placer county, which he served as
sheriff, and from which he was twice elected to the state assembly as its representative. Mr. and Mrs. Long have
two children: Nettie Sexton Long and Mildred Sexton Long.
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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