William Cary Van Fleet
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California|
April 2, 1907 – September 3, 1923
|Nominated by||President Theodore Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||Frank Henry Kerrigan|
|Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court|
May 7, 1894 – January 3, 1899
|Appointed by||Governor Henry Markham|
|Preceded by||Van R. Paterson|
|Succeeded by||Walter Van Dyke|
|Born||March 24, 1852|
Maumee, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||September 3, 1923 (aged 71)|
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Mary Isabella Carey
(m. 1877; death 1878)
Lizzie Eldridge Crocker (m. 1887)
Born in Maumee, Ohio, in 1869 Van Fleet came to California. He read law in the offices of H. O. Beatty, and entered the bar in 1873. He was an assistant district attorney of Sacramento County, California from 1878 to 1879. He was a California State Assemblyman from 1881 to 1882, and was the Director of California State Prisons from 1883 to 1884. He was a judge of the Superior Court of California from 1884 to 1892, and was appointed by Governor Henry Markham an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, serving from May 7, 1894, to January 3, 1899. In November 1898, he ran on the Republican and United Labor Party ticket for another term but lost the election to Democratic Walter Van Dyke. After stepping down from the court, he practiced in the firm of Mastic, Belcher, Van Fleet & Mastick.
On April 2, 1907, Van Fleet received a recess appointment from President Theodore Roosevelt to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California created by 34 Stat. 1253. Formally nominated on December 3, 1907, he was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 17, 1907, and received his commission the same day. Van Fleet served until his death.
Van Fleet married twice. On April 12, 1877, he married Mary Isabella Carey, who died in Sacramento on February 14, 1878. They had a son, Ransom. After her death, he married Lizzie Eldridge Crocker in San Francisco on January 19, 1887. They had four children, Alan, William, Clark, and Julia.
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- "Died". Sacramento Daily Union (3 (306)). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 15 February 1878. p. 2. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
- "The Smart Set". The San Francisco Call. Library of Congress Historic Newspapers. June 26, 1912. p. 9. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
- "San Francisco Society Has Gay Week With the Grand Opera Season". The San Francisco Call. Library of Congress Historic Newspapers. March 23, 1913. p. 35. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
- "Weddings". Daily Alta California (42 (13659)). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 23 January 1887. p. 7. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
- William Cary Van Fleet at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- W. C. Van Fleet. California Supreme Court Historical Society.
- Past & Present Justices. California State Courts. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Frank Henry Kerrigan
Van R. Paterson
| Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
Walter Van Dyke