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Hiram E. Booth


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Date: 11/9/2009 at 14:06:40

BOOTH, HIRAM EVANS, Attorney-at- Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, was born on a farm near Postville, Iowa, October 25, 1860, the son of Joseph Booth and Caroline (Bishop) Booth. He is descended from the ancient Booth family of Lancashire and Yorkshire, England. Mr. Booth was twice married, his first wife being Carrie M. Robinson, whom he married August 26, 1886, and who was claimed by death in December of the following year. One child, Viola Katherine, was born to them. On May 29, 1889, Mr. Booth married Lillian B. Redhead, at Postville, and of this union there are two children, Mrs. C. E. W. Bowers and Irma A. Booth.

Mr. Booth was educated in the public schools of Iowa and also studied under private tutors. He read law with the Hon. Frank Shinn of Carson, Iowa, and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of that State in 1885. After admission to the bar he purchased a half interest in the Carson Critic and was the editor and manager of it from 1885 to 1887, when he formed a law partnership with Mr. Shinn, withdrawing in 1888 to go to Utah. He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Utah in 1889 and has practiced there continually since. He formed a partnership with John G. Gray and later E. O. Lee entered the firm, which was known as Booth, Lee & Gray. In 1898 Mr. Gray went to Seattle and Judge M. L. Ritchie, now of the Utah State District Court, entered the firm, but retired from it in 1907, when he was re-elected to the bench, and later State Senator Carl A. Badger took his place in the firm. Other partners were taken in and the firm is now known as Booth, Lee, Badger, Rich & Parke. Messrs. Booth and Lee have been in partnership longer than any other law firm in Utah. Mr. Booth has held office frequently, as follows: Elected to upper House of last Territorial Legislature of Utah, serving in 1894; elected to first State Senate of Utah, member Executive Committee Republican party in Utah, 1904; appointed by President Roosevelt U. S. Attorney for Utah, 1906; reappointed by President Taft June 27, 1910, and is now serving in that capacity; appointed Judge Advocate General for Utah by Governor Spry in January, 1909, and is a Colonel on the Governor's Staff.

As United States Attorney Mr. Booth was associated with Hon. Fred A. Maynard in the coal land fraud cases in Utah, which resulted in a victory for the Government, and was also associated with Messrs. Kellogg and Severance in the merger suit brought by the United States against the Union Pacific, Oregon Short Line, Southern Pacific and other railroads to dissolve an unlawful merger. The case is pending on appeal in the Supreme Court of the United States. Both these cases are among the most notable actions in which the Government has sought to protect its lands and to force coroporations to operate in accordance with the laws of the United States.

In 1905 Mr. Booth was one of the incorporators and president of the Intermountain Republican Printing Company, publishers of the Intermountain Republican, which was consolidated in 1909 with the Salt Lake Herald and is now known as the Herald Republican.

Mr. Booth is the inventor and patentee of the "claraphone," used on commercial phonographs and leased to the Columbia Phonograph Company. He has also invented improvements for telephone receivers.

He is a member of the Commercial Club of Salt Lake City and has been in Wasatch Lodge, A. F. and A. M., since 1892.

~Press Reference Library, Notables of the Southwest; Being the Portraits and Biographies of Progressive Men of the South-West, Who have Helped in the Development and History Making of This Wonderful Country; pg 118. Published by the Los Angeles Examiner, 1912.


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