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      Frederick Henry Colburn, who has long figured prominently in financial affairs of the Golden State, served as secretary of the California Bankers Association from 1911 until 1929 and has been assistant secretary of the Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco since 1907 and manger of the San Francisco Clearing House since 1915. His birth occurred in Keene, New Hampshire, June 21, 1871, his parents being Charles Otis and Abigail Swan (Rice) Colburn, the former a native of Rochester, New York, while the latter was born in Richmond, New Hampshire.

      Frederick H. Colburn pursued a high school course at Brattleboro, Vermont, and was a youth of sixteen years when in 1887 he entered the office of the Springfield Printing & Binding Company at Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was thus employed for a decade. He spent the year 1898 in the territory of Alaska and in 1900 assumed the vice presidency of the California Business College in San Francisco. During the period between 1901 and 1903 he was engaged in the exporting of fine hard woods from Mexico and Central America and also served as manager of the Tabasco Agriculture Company. The two succeeding years were devoted to special Association work for various commercial organizations in San Francisco, including charge of San Francisco exhibits for the St. Louis exposition, while in 1906 he performed active service with the finance committee and the water committee in the rehabilitation of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of that year.

      Mr. Colburn became assistant secretary of the California Bankers Association in 1905 and from 1911 until 1929 served as its secretary. During the past quarter century he has filled the position of assistant secretary of the Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco. In 1911 he was made assistant manager of the San Francisco Clearing House, of which he has been the manager since 1915.

      On the 31st of October, 1900, in San Francisco, Mr. Colburn was united in marriage to Frona Eunice Wait, widely known as author, lecturer and club woman.

      In politics Mr. Colburn is a republican, while his religious faith is that of the Unitarian Church. He belongs to various civic, study, commercial and musical organizations and is numbered among San Francisco’s highly esteemed and highly valued citizens as well as representative financiers. His military record covers five years’ service, from 1892 until 1897, as gunner’s mate in the Massachusetts Naval Reserve.



Transcribed by: Jeanne Sturgis Taylor.

Source: Byington, Lewis Francis, “History of San Francisco 3 Vols”, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1931. Vol. 3 Pages 172-175.

© 2008 Jeanne Sturgis Taylor.










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