Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


HENRY VINSON MOREHOUSE was born the first day of April, 1849, in Elkhart, Indiana. He came to California across the plains with his parents when he was four years old. He was educated at the Sotoyome Institute at Healdsburg, Sonoma County, of which James W. Anderson, the present Superintendent of Schools of the city and county of San Francisco, was Principal. He left school and began teaching in Mendocino County when he was not quite sixteen years old.

After teaching two years he came to Monterey County and edited the Salinas City Standard for a period of eight months, when he became satiated with journalistic fame and went to work on a farm, where he remained six months, during which time he studied hard for the county examination of teachers, which he passed, obtaining a first-grade certificate. He taught ten school years in the county with unprecedented success, and devoted his leisure moments to the study of law; was admitted to practice in the county court in 1876.

Three months later he was elected District Attorney of Monterey County, and has since been admitted to the District, Supreme, and all the Federal Courts. He held office one term. Since then he has practiced his profession in Salinas City. He is a member of the law firm of Geil & Morehouse, who have never defended a man who was not acquitted. Their practice in all the courts is very large. Further comment is superfluous. He is also attorney for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. As an orator, either before the bar or on the stump, he is too well known throughout the State to need any eulogium here. Nothing has concerned the public interests of the county but what he has participated in it.

For six years he was a member of the County Board of Examiners, and always takes an active interest in educational matters. He is commissioned Major and Judge Advocate on Brig.-Gen. A. A. Smith's Staff, Fifth Brigade N. G. C. He is at present a candidate for the office of United States District Attorney of the Northern District of California, and if Uncle Sam wants his legal work done, and would have it well done, he cannot intrust it to better hands.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.