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To the man who realizes early in life the necessity of choosing a specific vocation, centering therein his most faithful attention and guided at all times by principles of justice and honor, success is both sure and permanent. Although one of the youngest members of his profession, city attorney of Sacramento, James V. Hart has attained a place among his colleagues which is entirely the result of his own perseverance and manly courage, and he is regarded justly as well worthy of the confidence and approbation which he enjoys throughout the community.

A native of California, his birth having occurred February 5, 1882, in Willows, Glenn county, Mr. Hart received a public school education in his home town and in 1904 graduated from the University of the Pacific in San Jose. The following fall he entered Stanford University, his spirit of determination and love of intellectual pursuits lending to his most arduous mental tasks an interest which enabled him to not only keep abreast of his fellow students but, also, to win a place among those who ranked highest in his classes. Supplementing a year's law course at Stanford, he was appointed county law librarian in 1907 and during his service studied his chosen vocation with increasing pleasure, his thorough mastery of the subject admitting him to the bar in 1908. In November, scarcely a year later, owing to the general favor with which he was regarded, not only by his associates, but by leading citizens, as well, he was elected to the office of city attorney, conducting his new duties with a skill and wise judgment that won him unanimous commendation.

June 2, 1910, in Sacramento, Mr. Hart was united in marriage with Miss Frances Panabaker, who was born in 1886, the daughter of Ed E. and Rose (Williams) Panabaker of Sacramento. Mrs. Hart is a woman of exceptional tact and sympathetic understanding and renders her husband immeasurable aid in maintaining the serenity of spirit so essential to the proper discharge of public duties.

A Republican of note, Mr. Hart is recognized as a man who not only plans improvements in party measures, but who, by means of his influence and executive ability is enabled to carry them out, and in all his dealings exhibits the most candid methods, free from a shadow of equivocation. Fraternally he is allied with Sunset Parlor, N. S. G. W., and is also an active and popular member of the Sutter Club. 

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