Solano County

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Nathan E. Hanson, who is chief clerk in the offices of the Mare Island navy yard, a position he has occupied for the past twenty years, is a native of California, a member of one of the pioneer families here, and has been a resident of this state all his life. Mr. Hanson was born in Lake county, August 8, 1871, and is a son of David M. and Catherine E. (O'Donnell) Hanson, the latter of whom is still living and now resides at Vallejo.

The late David M. Hanson, who died at his home in Vallejo in February, 1920, was for many years one of the leading lawyers in California. He was born in Virginia and was a son of George M. Hanson, who was appointed Indian agent for the Pacific coast country under President Lincoln's administration. He came with his family to California in 1849, crossing the plains and the mountains with ox teams. In due time David M. Hanson was sent back to Virginia to finish his schooling in the colleges in the Old Dominion, and upon his return he was appointed, in 1861, by President Lincoln, to serve as secretary of the Territory of Nevada, in which capacity he continued until that territory was admitted to statehood in October, 1864. In the meantime he had been carrying on his law studies, and upon the completion of his term of public service in Nevada he engaged in the practice of law at Lakeport. He was presently elected prosecuting attorney in and for Lake county and by successive reelections served in that office for six terms. Later he was associated with Dennis Spencer until a growing defect in his hearing necessitated his retirement. During this time he also was professionally associated in practice with Barclay Henry in San Francisco, and he was widely known in the profession throughout the state.

Supplementing the education he received in the schools of Lake county by a course in the San Francisco Business College, Nathan E. Hanson became thoroughly qualified for general clerical service, and in 1894, when in his twenty-third year, he became connected with the clerical staff of the navy yard, with which governmental institution he has ever since been connected, this service now covering a period of more than thirty years. He presently was made a bookkeeper in the office and in 1906 was promoted to the post of chief clerk, in which important and responsible position he ever since has continued, being one of the veterans in service there.

On June 30, 1920, at Vallejo, Nathan E. Hanson was united in marriage to Miss Blanch LeRoy Ha very. Mrs. Hanson was born at Vallejo and is a daughter of the late Judge Joel Havery, one of the pioneer lawyers of that city and its first mayor. He was a native of New York state and had come to California with his parents in settlement days. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson are democrats and have ever given their interested attention to the general civic and social affairs of the city and community at large. From the time of its organization Mr. Hanson has been an active member of Vallejo Lodge No. 559, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, of which he is past exalted ruler and of which he is the present secretary.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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