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Erle Stanley Gardner
Birth: Jul. 17, 1889
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1970
Riverside County
California, USA

Author. He created the character of lawyer "Perry Mason". Born in Malden, Massachusetts, his parents moved to Portland, Oregon, then to the San Francisco Bay area where he graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1909. He never had any formal training in law. In fact, after only a few weeks he was kicked out of the only college he ever attended, Valparaiso University, for being involved in a fistfight. He did, however, work as a typist in a law office in California and in 1911 passed the bar exam. Later that year he opened his first law office in Merced, California, but it quickly folded. From 1911 to 1918 Gardner worked as a lawyer for I.W. Stewart, a corporate attorney, in Oxnard, California. From Oxnard he moved to Ventura, where he had a law firm with Frank Orr. He dropped out of the firm from 1918 to 1921 to work as a salesman, but then returned to Ventura, where he continued as a lawyer in an office on the third floor of a bank building on Main Street until 1933. In that year he created the most enduring attorney of all time: Perry Mason, writing stories about the lawyer whose cases seldom went to the jury. He continued writing until his death in 1970. He also wrote other detective stories under the pseudonym: A.A. Fair. In the courtroom Gardner radiated self-confidence much like Perry Mason, with whom he also shared an appetite for thick steaks. 

Cause of death: Cancer
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered above Baja peninsula in Mexico
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Record added: Nov 14, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 6939
Erle Stanley Gardner
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