Frank M. Angellotti

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Frank Marion Angellotti
17th Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court
In office
January 5, 1915 – November 15, 1921
Appointed byElected
Preceded byMatt I. Sullivan
Succeeded byLucien Shaw
Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
In office
December 11, 1902 – January 4, 1915
Appointed byElected
Preceded byRalph C. Harrison
Succeeded byWilliam P. Lawlor
Personal details
Born(1861-09-04)September 4, 1861
San Rafael, California, U.S.
DiedMay 23, 1932(1932-05-23) (aged 70)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Emma Cornelia Cearley (m. 1884)
Alma materUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law (LLB)

Frank Marion Angellotti (September 4, 1861 – May 23, 1932), was an American attorney who served as the 17th Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court from January 5, 1915 to November 1921, and as an Associate Justice from December 11, 1902, to January 4, 1915.


Angellotti was born in San Rafael, California, son of Giuseppe and Lois Frances (Osgood) Angellotti,[1] his father was an Italian merchant and land owner of Marin County, California, from 1852 until his death. His mother was descended from Christopher Osgood, who came from Marlborough, England, on the ship Mary and John in 1633 and settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts, he attended private schools in San Rafael and was educated at Boys High School in San Francisco. He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1882 with the degree of LL.B.;[2][3] was admitted to the California bar in the same year, and established a successful practice in San Rafael.

He was district attorney for Marin County during 1885 to 1891.[4][5] In 1891, he became judge of the superior court for a term of twelve years,[6][1] he was associate justice of the Supreme Court of California during December 11, 1902, to January 4, 1915, serving in Department One with justices Lucien Shaw and Walter Van Dyke, later replaced by M. C. Sloss.[1] In November 1914, Angellotti ran successfully for chief justice to replace retiring William H. Beatty, and held the post from January 5, 1915, to November 15, 1921.[7][8][9] His notable cases include In re Terui (1921), and In re Kotta (1921), in which he wrote the opinion striking down the alien poll tax adopted in the previous session of the California legislature.[10][11][12]

After his resignation, he became general counsel for the Western Pacific Railroad Company, a position previously held by his court colleague Warren Olney Jr..[13][14]

Bar and civic activities[edit]

Starting in 1918 he was lieutenant-governor for California of the Society of Colonial Wars, he was grand master of California Masons during 1898-99 and was also a member of the American Bar Association, California State Bar Association and the Marin County Bar Association.

Personal life[edit]

Angellotti was married December 27, 1884, to Emma Cornelia Cearley, daughter of Edmund and Lucretia (Polk) Cearley, of Irvington, California, they had two children: Frances Louise (died in infancy) and Marion Polk Angellotti, an author. Frank Angellotti died on May 23, 1932, and was buried at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael.[1][15]


  1. ^ a b c d Johnson, J. Edward (1966). History of Supreme Court, Vol 2, Justices, 1900-1950 (PDF). San Francisco, CA: Bancroft-Whitney Co. pp. 4–10. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Alumni Meeting". San Francisco Call (83 (173)). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 22 May 1898. p. 9. Retrieved July 6, 2017. Officers were elected as follows:...Frank M. Angellotti. '82, vice president.
  3. ^ "Hastings Community". Hastings Alumni Publications. San Francisco, CA: Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association. 81: 22. Fall 1992. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Past District Attorneys: Frank M. Angellotti". Marin County, California. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Home Benefit Life Association". Marin Journal (27 (45)). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 19 January 1888. p. 2. Retrieved July 6, 2017. The following members constitute the Advisory Board fur Marin County, to whom any inquiries may be addressed:...Frank M. Angellotti, District Attorney.
  6. ^ "Regular Republican Ticket". Sausalito News (6 (39)). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 7 November 1890. p. 3. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "For Chief Justice Frank M. Angellotti". Mill Valley Record (41). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 31 October 1914. p. 2. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "State Candidates Elected and Amendments Lost and Won". Sausalito News (46). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 14 November 1914. p. 6. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Angellotti Is in L. A. to Hold Court". Los Angeles Herald (301). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 19 October 1914. p. 4. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  10. ^ In re Terui, 187 Cal. 20 (1921), and In re Kotta, 187 Cal. 27 (1921).
  11. ^ "Alien Poll Tax Held Unconstitutional". Mariposa Gazette (13). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 17 September 1921. p. 1. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  12. ^ Gendzel, Glen (Spring 2009). "It Didn't Start with Proposition 187 One Hundred and Fifty Years of Nativist Legislation in California" (PDF). Journal of the West. 48 (2): 79 and fn 43. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Speculate on Successor to Angellotti, Noted Chief Justice to Become General Counsel for Western Pacific Railway". Los Angeles Herald (3). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 4 November 1921. p. A10. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "Editorial: A Regrettable Resignation". Sacramento Union (25800). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 7 November 1921. p. 12. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Angellotti Dies Suddenly". Madera Tribune (19). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 23 May 1932. p. 1. Retrieved July 6, 2017.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Matt I. Sullivan
17th Chief Justice of California
Succeeded by
Lucien Shaw
Preceded by
Ralph C. Harrison
Associate Justice the Supreme Court of California
Succeeded by
William P. Lawlor