San Diego County
CLINTON LEWIS BYERS
Clinton Lewis Byers, the capable city attorney of San Diego, is making an excellent record in office which fully justifies the confidence and support of his friends and constituents. He was born in Garner, Iowa, June 21, 1898, his parents being L. D. and Ida (Wood) Byers, natives of Pennsylvania and New York, respectively. The father is engaged in the grocery business.
Clinton L. Byers supplemented his grammar and high school education by three years’ attendance at the State University of Iowa and received his professional training at Georgetown University of Washington, D. C., from which institution he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1923. He first engaged in law practice at Des Moines, Iowa, for four years and then in February, 1928, came west to San Diego for the purpose of following his chosen profession in California. During the first six months of his residence in this city he worked on the alien Jap land law, which is now pending. Subsequently he was appointed deputy city attorney under Judge M. W. Conkling and two months later was made assistant city attorney, while in July, 1931, he received the appointment of city attorney to succeed Frank H. Heskett. On the 26th of April, 1932, he was the successful candidate for the office of city attorney in the city election. We quote from a newspaper article printed at the time of his campaign and endorsed by hundreds of his fellow citizens: “By his now famous water compromise with the La Mesa Irrigation District, Mr. Byers solved San Diego’s puzzling water problem and saved the taxpayers a minimum of one million dollars! Add to that million the $600,000 gas rate cut won by Mr. Byers after he had successfully argued the case before the courts and the commission. Then add to that the $350,000 he saved the city when he won the complex San Pasqual contract suits and the total amounts of nearly two million dollars! Credit for saving this amount of money for the city belongs to Mr. Byers. . . . The largest corporation south of Los Angeles (the incorporated city of San Diego) certainly requires and deserves the services of the most competent and capable municipal counsel that can be retained. City Attorney Byers is that man! For four years he has had actual experience in San Diego’s municipal litigation! He brings, not theories, but positive knowledge and practical skill to his task. His record in office proves him to be one of the most conscientious and capable city attorneys ever to hold office in San Diego. No man is better fitted than he to interpret the new charter, to direct the new city-manager system of government, to handle the vast amount of important and vitally significant litigation and negotiations now confronting the city.”
In June, 1930, Mr. Byers was united in marriage to Miss Alma Kingston, of St. Louis, Missouri, and they are the parents of a son, Clinton Lewis, Jr.
Politically Mr. Byers is a Republican. His military record covers two and one-half years’ service in the World War, during two years of which period he was overseas with the Second Division, participating in all major engagements of that unit. He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. Mr. Byers is a member of the American Legion, fraternally is affiliated with the Masons and in religious faith is a Methodist. His reputation in social, civic and professional circles of his adopted city is an enviable one.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 185-186, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.