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Gregg, V. A.


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Date: 9/13/2016 at 13:56:11

Virgil A. Gregg, Superior Judge of San Luis Obispo County, was appointed to the office he now holds by Governor Waterman, February 8, 1889. Mr. Gregg was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, in 1844. His father was born in Viginia in 1810, and his mother in Tennessee in 1819. Both parents were pioneers of Iowa when it was a part of Michigan Territory. The subject of this sketch, at the age of thirteen years, entered the Iowa Wesleyan University at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where he continued until he entered his senior year in 1862. He then left college and entered the volunteer service in the War of the Rebellion in the Twenty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and continued in the army with Sherman until the close of the War. Then he entered the law department of the University of Michigan in September 1865, and graduated with the class of 1866, and located first for the practice of law in December, that year, in Memphis, Tennessee. Being in poor health, he left Memphis and traveled for nearly a year, and then settled in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and there practiced law and took an active part in politics, as a Republican, participating in every canvass as a speaker. In 1873 he came to California, at the instance of his friend, Josiah Earl. Mr. Earl having succeeded by a visit to Washington City in having a United States land office located at Independence, Inyo County, California, and being appointed Register, he got Mr. Gregg to come to California to put the new office in working condition. Mr. Gregg left Inyo and located at Bakersfield, Kern County, California, in 1876, and was there elected on the Republican ticket a member of the California Constitutional Convention that met at Sacramento in December 1878, and that formulated the present Constitution of California, and Mr. Gregg had the honor of serving on the Judiciary and Corporation Committees of that body. Mr. Gregg has been a resident of San Luis Obispo for seven years, and of the state for seven years. He has always been a Republican in politics and has for his party canvassed the state at one time and several counties at different times. He is a Grand Army man, a member of George H. Thomas Post Nbr. 2, San Francisco, and is in receipt of a pension of $16 per month from the Government for wounds received during the War. He has a wife and five children, having married at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 1879.

Submitted by: Mona Sarratt Knight, 2003.
Publication: 1A memorial and biographical history of the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific Coast from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its prospective future, with profuse illustrations of its beautiful scenery, full-page steel portraits of its most eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also of prominent citizens of to-day.
Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1891, 698 pgs.


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