H. SCOTT JACOBS.
Only those who come into personal contact with H. Scott Jacobs of Hanford, scion of one of the worthy old families
of Kings county, and one of the popular and successful attorneys of this section of the state, can understand how
thoroughly nature and training, habits of thought and action have enabled him to accomplish his life work and made
him a representative member of his profession. He is a native of California, born in Visalia, on the 2d day of
November, 1875, the son of Justin and Anna M. (Lowber) Jacobs, both of whom are deceased, the former dying in 1898
and the latter in 1920. Justin Jacobs was a man of marked ability and as a lawyer stood for years in the front
rank of his profession. He was born in Troy, New York, in 1844, and in boyhood accompanied the family on their
removal to Wisconsin. He received a good public school education and then, having determined to devote his life
to the practice of law, he entered the law department of the University of Wisconsin, from which he was graduated
in 1871, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He entered immediately into practice in that state, but in 1874 he
came to California. He first located in Visalia, but two years later came to Lemoore and entered upon the practice
of law. Seven years later he became a member of a law firm in San Francisco, where he remained for two years. At
the end of that time he returned to Lemoore and practiced law up to the time of his election to the bench of the
newly constituted superior court of Kings county, being the first incumbent of that position here. Upon the expiration
of his first term he was elected to succeed himself, and died while in office, in 1898. He was a man of unusual
qualities of character and a distinguished citizen of his community.
H. Scott Jacobs attended the public school in Lemoore, and then entered the San Jose high school, from which he
was graduated in 1894. He then attended the Hastings Law School at San Francisco, where he completed his studies
in 1899, winning the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Coming at once to Hanford, he entered upon the practice of law
and is today occupying an unquestioned position among the leaders of his profession in this section of the state.
He has been associated as counsel with most of the important cases in the courts of this district for many years
and is attorney for a number of large irrigation corporations in the Pine Flat irrigation project. He made a special
study of law relating to irrigation work and is considered an authority on legal questions pertaining to it His
sound legal knowledge, his accurate judgment and clearness of statement, have given him distinct prestige among
his colleagues and he is in the enjoyment of a large and lucrative legal business. His ability has not gone without
specific recognition, for he served as district attorney from 1903 to 1907, and was also city attorney of Hanford
for two years.
Mr. Jacobs was married to Miss Mary Elizabeth Manning, who was born in Texas, but was reared and educated in Lemoore,
and to them have been born four children, namely: Elizabeth Belle, a graduate of the University of California;
Justin M., a senior in the same institution; John H., in high school; and Mary Jane, also in the public school.
Politically Mr. Jacobs is a stanch supporter of the republican party. Socially he is a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World and the Native Sons of
the Golden West. He is an enthusiastic advocate of outdoor recreation and finds in golf his ideal sport.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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