Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies



HON. WILLIAM G. HUDSON

Few men, in the arena of public life, have accomplished more, deserved better, and enjoyed as much of the esteem and confidence of their fellowmen as the late William G. Hudson, long a distinguished attorney of Monterey. A native of Michigan, he was born in 1838. His father was Mark Hudson, a man of uncommon worth, who had married Miss Anna E. Baldwin.

As early as 1852 William G. Hudson came to California, and from 1853 to 1859 lived in Placer county. He was an energetic young man, who from the time he attained his majority, made his home in the Pajaro valley, to which he removed with his mother in 1859. There he early bought three hundred acres of land, which he cultivated very successfully making his place a highly improved and valuable tract.

In time he was elected a director of the Bank of Watsonville and of the Watsonville Savings Bank-these positions of responsibility speaking for his business ability and enviable standing in the community. He was also a director and a vice president of the Pajaro Valley Board of Trade, and vice president and director of the Watsonville Creamery. More than that, to crown his career and enable him to render the greatest possible service to the commonwealth, in 1894 his fellow citizens elected him to the state assembly, where he served with signal ability during the session of 1895, and such was his record that two years later he was reelected in a manner plainly indicating the warm endorsement by his fellow-voters of all that he had previously done as a legislator.

During the centennial year of the republic-1876-Mr. Hudson was married to Miss Luella Kittredge, and they became parents of five children: William George, mentioned elsewhere in this volume; Thomas Swan, Mabel E., Robert H. and Frederick Cass Hudson. Mr. Hudson was a Mason, having membership in Lodge No. 110, F. & A. M.; Temple Chapter, No. 41, R. A. M.; and Watsonville Commandery, No. 22, K. T. He was past master of the lodge, past high priest of the chapter and prelate of the commandery for a number of years, and at the time of his death, on November 16, 1901, he held the office of generalissimo. He was ever loyal to the teachings of the order and his life at all times measured up to high standards of manhood and citizenship.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.