JAMES ROLPH (III)
One of the successful younger business men of San Francisco is James Rolph (III), member of the firm of Rolph,
Landis & Ellis, general insurance agents, located in their own building at 345 Sansome street. He is the son
of Governor James Rolph, Jr., and Annie Marshall (Reid) Rolph, and a biography of
his illustrious father appears elsewhere in this publication.
A native of the city of San Francisco, James Rolph (III) graduated from the University of California, leaving behind
him a record of activity in college that gave indication of his later accomplishments in the world of trade and
business. He is the only student who attended the University of California that had the distinction of being editor
of the university's annual publication, "The Blue and Gold," for two years. He received his earlier education
at the Agassiz primary school, the Horace Mann grammar school and the Polytechnic high school in San Francisco,
later going to the University of California. Immediately following his graduation from the last named institution,
Mr. Rolph entered the well known firm of James Rolph & Company in the shipping and agency department. Two years
later he formed the Enterprise Stevedoring Company, Limited, where he continued for two years prior to his entry
into the general agency firm of James Rolph, Jr., Landis & Ellis, forerunner to the present firm of Rolph,
Landis & Ellis, with himself as a partner in the firm succeeding to his father's interests.
In addition to his insurance business Mr. Rolph has wide and varied interests. He is a director of Air Ferries,
Limited, the only air passenger service operated on schedule across San Francisco bay, and a director of Hind,
Rolph & Company. He also served on the marine and aeronautical committee of the San Francisco Junior Chamber
of Commerce, and has been an active factor in that organization from its very inception. On July 2, 1931, Mr. Rolph
was appointed to the state board of pilot commissioners, a signal recognition of his years spent at sea. He first
started going to sea while still in college, shipping out during summer vacation as a cadet, deck hand and quartermaster
on vessels of the Dollar Steamship and Matson Navigation Company. While at the University of California, Mr. Rolph
took a course in astronomy and navigation. Since boyhood he has been identified with a shipping and seafaring atmosphere.
The channel and approaches of the Golden Gate, as well as deep water and off shore on the Pacific and Atlantic
are no strangers to him. He is also a licensed aviation pilot.
On May 26, 1926, Mr. Rolph was married to Miss Nancy Jane Richey, of Merced, California. The wedding ceremony was
performed in San Francisco.
In political affairs Mr. Rolph has given his support to the republican party, and his religious affiliation is
with the Episcopal Church. He belongs to the Phi Delta Theta and Alpha Kappa Psi fraternities, the Olympic, Jonathan
and Bohemian Clubs and is a member of the Hesperian Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He holds a high
degree of popularity in the many circles in which he is active and has in every way fulfilled his duties of citizenship
in a manner worthy of the name which he bears.
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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