For over thirty years Judge Spencer has been
one of the leading citizens of San Jose, and prominently identified in the
growth and progress of the Santa Clara valley as a public officer. He arrived
in this State from his native State, New York, in 1852, and settled in the
Garden City. In 1858 he was admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of
this State, and at once took a position which he since maintained as one of the
leading lawyers in our State. In the fall of 1861 he was elected District
Attorney of Santa Clara county, which office he filled
two terms. In 1879 he was elected Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara county, which position he has occupied continuously to the
present time. He served one term as an Assemblyman, and was chosen Chairman of
the Judiciary Committee. His eminent talents and profound knowledge of the law
enabled him to shape legislation relative to the codes. Scholastic attainments,
great breadth of mind, purity of motive and action, his life has been one of
signal service and benefit to this favored section of our State. It is
unquestionably true that no man in Santa Clara county
is held in higher esteem than Judge Spencer, and it seems quite appropriate
that he should have the honor of being appointed one of the trustees of the
Leland Stanford, Junior, University.
Cecelia M. Setty.
Source: “Illustrated Fraternal Directory Including
Educational Institutions on the Pacific Coast”, Page 42, Publ. Bancroft
Co., San Francisco. Cal. 1889.
© 2012 Cecelia