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Among the leading representatives of the legal profession in Imperial County is numbered Dorsey George Whitelaw, United States Commissioner at El Centro and city attorney. He was born in Delta, Colorado, on the date of June 28, 1885, a son of George H. and Kate L. (Dorsey) Whitelaw, the former a native of Arkansas and the latter of Morgantown, West Virginia. The father, who engaged in mining and in the raising of cattle, is now deceased. The mother, who has three children, resides with a daughter in North Hollywood, California.

Dorsey G. Whitelaw obtained his common school education in his native town and then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for a year. He received the B. L. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1907 and three years later received an LL. B. degree at the law-school of Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Admitted to the California bar in 1911, he opened a law office in Los Angeles, where he practiced alone until he formed a partnership with Kimpton Ellis and G. R. Dexter for the conduct of a law business in Los Angeles and Hollywood. He removed to Imperial Valley in 1916 and is now associated with his brother, R. B. Whitelaw, in practice with offices at 110 North Sixth Street, El Centro. They have a large library of law books and devote much time to research and study, never entering the courtroom without that thorough preparation so essential to success in legal controversy. Formerly chief deputy district attorney, Dorsey G. Whitelaw is now serving as United States Commissioner at El Centro as well as city attorney and has met every requirement of these important offices.

In 1911 Mr. Whitelaw was married to Miss Marguerite M. Steele, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and two children were born to them: Marguerite Louise, now a freshman at the University of California; and Dorsey George, Jr., who died at the age of one week. Through strenuous outdoor exercise Mr. Whitelaw maintains his physical well being, playing tennis in his hours of leisure. He has conscientiously discharged the duties and obligations of citizenship, serving on the examining board during the World War, and is now a member of the high school board at El Centro. He is a past master of El Centro Lodge, No. 384, F. & A. M., and has taken the fourteenth degree in the Consistory of Los Angeles. His interest, however, centers in his profession and he keeps in close touch with its progress through his membership in the Imperial County Bar Association, the California Bar Association and the American Bar Association.



Transcribed by Bill Simpkins.

Source: California of the South Vol. V, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 267-268, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

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