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The high degree of intelligence displayed by the members of the Sacramento bar has received wide recognition and deservedly so, for it is an accepted fact that the attorneys of this city stand unsurpassed for thorough knowledge of the law, conscientious study of jurisprudence and familiarity with even the smallest details connected with the successful practice of the profession. While in point of years Will J. Carraghar ranks among the youngest members of the liar, in point of professional information and mental capacity his rank is among the highest, and already he is winning the recognition which his talents abundantly justify. The spacious quarters in the Nicolaus building which he has occupied since August 1, 1911, afford him a central location and at the same time offer the appointments so valuable to dispatch in modern professional enterprises.

It lhs been the good fortune of Mr. Carraghar to enjoy identification with Sacramento throughout his entire life. Educated in its schools, familiar with its advantages, cognizant of its opportunities and acquainted with its incomparable citizenship, he presents a type of present-day progress and of twentieth-century patriotism. His father, Edward J., member of the firm of Buckmann & Carraghar, is one of the proprietors of an exclusive and elegant restaurant in Sacramento and also for ten years or more has been prominently identified with civic affairs as trustee from the ninth ward. During his active participation in public affairs he served for ten years as chairman of the finance and judiciary committee. In political views he favors the Democratic principles and his son likewise gives allegiance to the same party.

After having completed the studies of the public schools up to the ninth grade Will J. Carraghar entered the Christian Brothers College on K street, Sacramento, where he completed a four-year course. Next he became a student in St. Mary's College at Oakland, this state, from which he was graduated in 1907 with a high stand- ing. Immediately afterward he began to study law with Judge C. E. McLaughlin and continued his readings under the late Judge DeVine of Sacramento. At the age of twenty-two he was admitted to the bar and immediately began the practice of his profession for himself. Already he has won a high standing among the attorneys of the city and the promise of a growing success gives favorable indication of his future prominence in the law. Throughout all of his life he has been a believer in the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church and his contributions to religious undertakings are generous. The Knights of Columbus, a popular fraternal organization, has the benefit of his active identification, while socially he holds membership with the University Club and the Sacramento County Bar Association. His marriage took place October 19, 1907, and united him with Miss Irma Scott, daughter of Jed M. Scott (member of the firm of Scott & Gilbert, manufacturing druggists of San Francisco) and a great granddaughter of Josiah Johnson, one of the pioneer railroad builders of California. Three daughters bless the union, Helen Marv, Irma Margaret and Catherine Ellen. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011