California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
RALPH EMERSON SWING — The subject of this sketch is one of the most astute and resourceful attorneys practicing at the San Bernardino bar. He is a native of California and was educated in the schools of his native state.
Mr. Swing entered upon the practice of law in the year 1907, with his office in the City of San Bernardino, where he has ever since followed his profession. He has been connected with much of the important litigation growing out of the many complicated and intricate legal questions involved in the adjustment of water, property and mining rights necessarily arising from the development of the resources of Southern California. He is an admitted authority upon the law governing the questions above mentioned, as well as upon the law governing municipalities and involved in municipal legal questions. He is much sought as a counselor upon such subjects and as an attorney in matters involving such questions.
That Mr. Swing has made a success is evidenced by the fact that he stands at the top of his profession and is conceded to be one of the foremost lawyers in the southern part of his native state. The reason for that success is largely due to the energy exerted in behalf of and his loyalty to his clients. It is said of Mr. Swing that he never takes a case that cannot conscientiously and sincerely advocate to the court, or in which he does not believe his client to be in the right. As a result of such action he has gained and retains the confidence and respect of the courts and of his fellow attorneys.
Aside from following his profession Mr. Swing has taken a great interest in the citrus industry and its development, and in civic affairs, and has done much toward the development of a proper civic spirit in his home community. Being a native of San Bernardino, one of the principal objects of Mr. Swing has been to bring the financial, civic and moral standing of his home city to the highest possible standard.
While Mr. Swing has been honored with a few public positions he has never actually entered politics, but has contented himself with the exercising of the electoral franchise in an effort to secure the election of honest, competent and capable men and woman to office, and in an effort to adopt such public policies as he deemed best for his community and state.
Mr. Swing's prominence in public affairs, combined with his ability as a lawyer and his dependability as a man, have made him one of the best-known figures in San Bernardino County, and won for him the approval of all with whom he is brought into contact.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011