Biography of Hon. Tallant Tubbs
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HON. TALLANT TUBBS
Hon. Tallant Tubbs is now serving for the second term as state senator from the nineteenth senatorial district of California, being at the time of his first election in 1924 the youngest man ever chosen for the upper house of the state legislature. A review of his career which appears in "California and Californians," published in 1926, is introduced as follows: "While old traditions, old names and old landmarks are cherished by the average Californian, a matter of real pride is brought to light when, in a younger generation, in a bearer of an old and honored California name, is found one thoroughly worthy of public confidence and deserving of the esteem that this hospitable people so generously bestow on occasion. Few old pioneer names are better remembered in San Francisco than that of Tubbs, representing on the Pacific coast for many years the acme of New England thrift and commercial integrity. From such stock came Hon. Tallant Tubbs, a native Californian, a veteran of the World war, and senator of the state of California."

Senator Tubbs was born in San Francisco, California, May 8, 1897, son of Austin Chapin and Anne ( Tallant) Tubbs, on both sides of English ancestry and of Revolutionary stock. The early members of the Tubbs family came to the Golden state in 1849, making the long and dangerous voyage around Cape Horn out from Massachusetts Bay, and in 1856 Alfred L. Tubbs established the Tubbs Cordage Company, the only rope manufacturing concern on the coast. For three quarters of a century this plant has been in operation in San Francisco, and its product finds its way to all parts of the coast and the Pacific Islands. Austin C. Tubbs, father of Senator Tubbs, was a lifelong resident of San Francisco, became president of the Tubbs Cordage Company and was widely recognized as one of the substantial, reliable business men of this section. His death occurred in 1901. He married Miss Anne Tallant, daughter of D. J. Tallant, who was one of the pioneer bankers of this part of the state, long being at the head of the Tallant Bank Company, which later was absorbed by the Crocker National Bank. The Tallants were Virginia people of English descent and large planters at one time in what is now West Virginia. Following the death of her first husband, Mrs. Anne (Tallant) Tubbs became the wife of Mr. Brodie.

Tallant Tubbs spent his boyhood and received his early education in the public schools of his native city, continuing his studies in the east, where he attended the New York Military Academy from 1909 until 1912. Five years later, when the United States became involved in the World war, he was a student in Yale University. Putting all personal ambition behind him, he laid aside his books and enlisted for military service, making choice of the aviation branch of the army. He prepared in the training school at Berkeley and later, as a second lieutenant, was stationed at San Diego, where he was on duty at the time the armistice was signed. Following his honorable discharge from the army Mr. Tubbs returned to San Francisco, and in a practical, matter of fact way made his presence known in the offices of the Tubbs Cordage Company, in which he is a director. He accepted a position with the old family house and performed his duties faithfully until called to still larger responsibilities.

Hon. Tubbs gives his political support to the republican party. A young man of education and culture, with favorable social environment, since reaching manhood he has cherished high ideals of citizenship, and on more than one occasion has proved a stalwart champion for public welfare. In his election to the upper house of the California state legislature in November, 1924, the confidence and approval of his fellow citizens were definitely proved by a vote of two to one in his favor. His predecessor was a man who had represented the nineteenth senatorial district in the senate for twelve years. Having fully justified the support of his constituents, Senator Tubbs was reelected in 1928 and is making a very creditable record in the state's lawmaking body. His name is on the membership rolls of the Santa Barbara Club, the Pacific Union Club, the University Club, the Olympic Club, the Merchants Exchange Club, the San Francisco Golf Club, the San Mateo Polo Club, the Burlingame Country Club, Montecito Club, Yale Club of New York, Presidio Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West, the United Veterans of the Republic and the American Legion. His religious faith is that of the Episcopal Church, while fraternally he is affiliated with the Eagles. Over the record of his public career there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil, and he has long enjoyed deserved popularity in both social and civic circles of San Francisco.

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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