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Lifelong identification with his native city of Sacramento has developed in Mr. Carroll a depth of loyalty to its welfare not easily comprehended by one less familiar with the true patriotism invariably exhibited by native Californians. With justice he also might maintain considerable pride in his lineage, for he belongs to an ancient and honored race that lived and labored in the lowland of Scotland for several successive generations, the family having been residents of the city of Glasgow at the time of the birth of his father, J. J. Carroll, in 1845. At an early age the latter crossed the ocean from Scotland to America and proceeded west to California, with his mother, arriving at Sacramento, January 23, 1850, when he joined his father, who arrived in California in November, 1848. He attended the schools of Sacramento, and upon starting out to earn his own livelihood secured a position as a clerk in the police court and from that he was promoted to be an officer on the police force. When eventually he re- signed from the force he became connected with the paint department of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in Sacramento. While still filling a position as painter he died in December of 1892. He had not accumulated much wealth nor had he attained to any great degree of prominence, yet in his own modest, unassuming way he had been successful and his prestige as citizen, neighbor and officer was a valuable factor in his popularity.

Daniel H. Carroll was born January 21, 1874, and attended the Sacramento public and high schools, graduating from the latter in 1890. For six years he served an apprenticeship to the trade of fresco painting and meanwhile acquired unusual skill in the work. At the expiration of the six years he engaged as foreman of the paint shop of the Southern Pacific Railroad. In that responsible position he continued successfully until March of 1911, when the board of super- visors appointed him county claim clerk and he then resigned the foremanship in order to devote his entire attention to official duties. In the midst of many duties he has retained his warm interest in the public welfare of the city, whose local charities and enterprises have the benefit of his generous contributions. Fraternally he holds membership with the Elks and in politics he is independent. 

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)

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