Thomas J. Riordan- Lawyer-Santa Clara County Biography


Among the successful lawyers of the younger generation, Thomas J. Riordan was born in Salinas, Monterey
County, April 14, 1892, the son of Thomas J. and Margaret (Sheehy) Riordan. The family located at Salinas in 1901, where the father was engaged in the practice of law, and was also the county clerk of Monterey County. He died in 1900, aged about forty-five. He was highly esteemed for his integrity, and his passing was regretted by a host of
friends and admirers. After his death, Mrs. Riordan and her family moved to San Jose, where she now resides.

Thomas J. Riordan was educated in the grammar and high schools of San Jose; in 1911 he received the degree of A. B. from Santa Clara College; in 1912 he had mastered and received his A. M. degree; and in 1915 received his LL. B. He was associated with D. M. Burnett and remained with him until the date of his enlistment in the navy, December, 1917; and after he returned from the service he was associated with Senator H. C. Jones during 1919-20, and on April 1 of that year he
opened an independent practice.

Mr. Riordan is a firm believer in the principles of the Republican party. He is identified with the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, and the American Legion and the San Jose County Club, and a member of the Catholic Church. He is prominent in athletic circles, and enjoys all clean sports; he is a man of public spirit and a supporter of those projects that mean the permanent growth of his home city. He was united in marriage in San Jose on August 5, 1920 to Miss Elva Pointer, a native of Stanislaus County, and they have one child, Kathleen Patricia.

Transcribed by Linda Gretty, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1539