Los Angeles County
RICHARD LOOMIS NORTH
Richard Loomis North, who has been engaged in the practice of law in Los Angeles for a number of years, has won a large and representative clientele and is accounted one of the ablest and most successful members of the local bar. He was born in Riverside, California, January 31, 1886, a son of John Greenleaf and August C. (Nourse) North. His paternal grandfather, Judge J. W. North, was one of the founders of the town of Riverside. John G. North, father of Richard L. North, was one of the most illustrious members of the California bar. He continued the civic development of Riverside, being the organizer and guiding hand of many private and municipal projects, including the Southern California Colony Association, which was formed by Judge North, who purchased the land on which Riverside was founded. John G. North served for four years as secretary of the Southern California Colony Association, of which his father, Judge North, was president. He was a stockholder and director in the Citizens National Bank and the Security Savings Bank of Riverside, and he held membership in the National Geographic Society, the National Forestry Association and the California Water and Forest Association, serving as president of the last named for two years. His name was also on the membership rolls of the Los Angeles Bar Association, the Southern Archaeological Institute, the Sequoia League, the Sierra Club, the Commonwealth and Olympic Clubs of San Francisco. He was identified fraternally with the Knights Templar Masons and with the Knights of Pythias and also belonged to numerous other organizations. At the time of his death, which occurred in 1910, he was engaged in the practice of law in Riverside. He had long survived his wife, who passed away in 1891, leaving four sons, namely: John C., Maurice E., Alfred C. and Richard Loomis.
Excellent educational advantages were accorded Richard L. North in his youth. Following his graduation from high school he entered the University of California, which he attended during the years 1904, 1905, and 1906, continuing his studies at the University of Michigan, from which institution he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1911. The same year he was admitted to the California bar and began the work of his chosen profession at Riverside, this state, where he continued in practice until 1919, when he was appointed to take charge of the Los Angeles office of the State Corporation Department, which position he held until 1922. During the succeeding four years he was associated with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one of the prominent law firms of Los Angeles, and since 1925 he has been engaged in practice independently. A contemporary biographer wrote: “A constant student of the law, a determined and resourceful trial lawyer and a safe and reliable office councilor, Mr. North has won a high reputation in his profession and the confidence of the public.” He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
On the 5th of July, 1912, Mr. North was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Qua, of Paris, Ontario, Canada, and they are the parents of a son, Harper.
Mr. North gives his political support to the Republican Party and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is also a member of the Greek letter fraternity Delta Upsilon, and he has won many warm friends in both social and professional circles of Los Angeles and this part of the state.
Note: Richard L. North 2nd married Florence Mangum in 1937. Florence told me that she was the first California female Judge. She was in family court. She also handle probate cases. [Her great-niece, Nancy Pratt Melton.]
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 629-630, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.