HIRAM D. TUTTLE
The Valley of The Heart's Delight
HISTORY OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY 1233
The ethical administration today of law thoroughout California is largely due to such able, conscientious and fearless advocates as Hiram D. Tuttle of San Jose, who was born in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa, on October 5, 1856, the son of Owen and Mary Ellen (Burns) Tuttle, who moved to California in 1873, and at Watsonville took up farming. They were highly esteemed as substantial country folk, and when Mr. Tuttle died in 1899, he left a record for usefulness and straightforward dealing such as anyone might envy. Mrs. Tuttle is still living, at the age of eighty-four. They had nine children, and our subject was the eldest of the family.
Mr. Tuttle finished the courses of the Watsonville high school and then, in 1879, graduated from the Pacific Commercial College and became a clerk in a law office. Three years later the Hastings College of Law conferred upon him the degree of a Bachelor of Laws, and July 25, 1881, he was admitted to the post which added largely to his experience, and widely extended his acquaintanceship. When the Superior Court was organized in 1879, Mr. Tuttle became the private secretary of the Superior Judges, and he held that appointment until he was admitted to the bar.
He first practised law at Salinas, in 1883, and then, from 1886 to 1889, he was district attorney of Monterey County. Then he removed to San Jose, and continued here his practice and was in partnership with H. V. Morehouse from 1890 to 1895; while from 1897 to 1902 he was a partner with Judge of the Superior Court, and served the unexpired term of 1903-04, after which he resumed practice. Mr. Tuttle has one son, Hiram D. Tuttle, Jr. He is a Mason and an Odd Fellow, and a member of the State and County Bar Associations.
Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1233
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