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Frank Hamilton Short
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Birth: Sep. 12, 1862
Shelby County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 1920
San Francisco County
California, USA

Biography from The History of California by Paul E Vandor published in 1919.

JUDGE FRANK H. SHORT, one of the rising young lawyers of Fresno, was born in Shelby County Missouri, in 1862. His father, Hamilton Short, carried on farming up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1863.

In 1871 young Short moved with his mother and family to Hastings, Nebraska, where he attended the city schools and taught one term prior to the year 1881, when they all came to California and located in Fresno. Here he entered the high school in order to further pursue his studies, and afterward taught one year at Gertrude, in the meantime devoting his leisure moments to the study of law. In 1884, he entered the office of J. F. Wharton, a lawyer of great prominence throughout this county. At the fall election of 1884, Mr. Short, at the age of twenty-two years, was elected Justice of the Peace for a period of two years, arid at the expiration of his term of office he formed a partnership with Judge J. F. Wharton, which continued until the latter's death in March, 1889. He then became associated with Judge George A. Nourse in a partnership, which partnership continued until January 1, 1891, since which time Mr. Short has been practicing alone, doing a general law business and having a large practice, civil, criminal and probate. He was connected with the Corrick-Gates cases, which were quite noted, also more recently in the Vincent murder case. Vincent being prosecuted for the murder of his wife, and being the first white man sentenced to be hung in Fresno County: Mr. Short prosecuted in this case; also in the Sullivan murder case, and appeared for the defense in the Jack Smith murder case, also in the Williams arson cases, all cases of much interest in this county. Though but twenty-eight years old Mr. Short has appeared on one side or the other of nearly all of the more important cases recently tried in this county

In 1888 he was a candidate on the Republican ticket for District Attorney, against Mr. Tupper, and although defeated ran about 200 votes ahead of his ticket. He takes much interest in politics, and in 1890 was chairman of the Republican County Convention, a delegate to the State Convention and a member of the committee on platform and resolutions, and was also a delegate to the Congressional Convention. Though attending closely to his professional duties he has extensive real-estate interest, in Fresno, and his residence has the largest grounds and is one of the handsomest and best kept places in Fresno city, having been planted more than seventeen years ago.

Judge Short was married in Fresno, in October, 1885, to Miss Emma Packard, and their union has been blessed with one son, Frank H. Short, Jr., who is now three years old.


Short, Frank H. of Fresno, Fresno County, Calif. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1896 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1904 (member, Resolutions Committee). 
 
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 Parents:
  Emily A Wharton Knepper (1838 - 1907)
 
 Spouses:
  Nellie C Short (1865 - 1925)
  Emma H Packard Short (1864 - 1896)
 
 Siblings:
  John William Short (1858 - 1919)*
  Frank Hamilton Short (1862 - 1920)
  Charles A Knepper (1867 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mountain View Cemetery
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA
 
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Jan 02, 2008
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