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Finding Aid for the Luce Family Papers, 1861-1959
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Moses Augustine Luce (1842-1903) practiced law in San Diego, California specializing in real estate and probate cases. He was also the director and vice-president of the California Southern Railroad and president of the Golden Hill Land & Building Company, and helped draft the San Diego city charter. His son, Edgar Augustine Luce (1881-1958) was San Diego City Attorney (1909-10), California state senator (1914-18) and a judge in the Superior Court of San Diego County (1919-25). The collection consists of correspondence, documents, pictures, ephemera and memorabilia of Moses A. Luce, his son Edgar A. Luce, and his grandson Edgar A. Luce, Jr.
Moses Augustine Luce was born on May 14, 1842 in Payson, Illinois; participated in many battles in the Civil War, and awarded the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor (1882); BA (1866) and AM (1870), Hillsdale College, MI; LL.B, Albany Law School, 1867; in 1870 began practicing law in Bushnell, Illinois; started practice in San Diego, California, 1873; involved in real estate and probate cases; elected judge, County Court of San Diego, 1875-80; attorney for Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, 1880-89; director and vice-president, California Southern Railroad; president, Golden Hill Land & Building Company; helped develop Shenandoah gold mine and draft San Diego city charter; attended two Republican Party national conventions and several California state conventions; died on April 23, 1933 in San Diego; his son, Edgar Augustine Luce, was born on May 20, 1881 in San Diego; BA (1905) and LL.B (1906), Stanford University; San Diego City Attorney, 1909-10; California state senator, 1914-18; judge, Superior Court, San Diego County, 1919-25; became senior partner in the firm of Luce, Forward, Kunzel & Scripps from 1936 until his death; died August 27, 1958 in San Diego.
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