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Alva Edson Snow

Alva Edson Snow, American lawyer, mayor. Member California State Bar Association, Fresno County Bar Association; Member Delta Upsilon.; Mason.


  • Snow, Alva Edson was born on October 13, 1860 in at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Harvey and Bridget (Marron) Snow.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Tufts College, 1887. Harvard Law School, 1887-1889.


    • Admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1889. Removed to San Francisco same year. To Fresno, 1891; in practice as Snow & Freeman, 1893-1813, now alone.

      Deputy district attorney, Fresno Company, California, 1893-1895, district attorney, 1895-1899. Member board of trustees City of Fresno, 1909-1912. Appointed mayor of Fresno for unexpired term, May, 1912, and elected to same office, April, 1913, for term 1913-1917.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member California State Bar Association, Fresno County Bar Association. Member Delta Upsilon. Mason.; Clubs: University, Elks, Commercial, Riverside Country.

    Instituted first municipal “free” market in California, September, 1912.


    • Married at Fresno, California, Dora P. Colson, of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, December 10, 1889.
    • father: Harvey Snow
    • mother: Bridget (Marron) Snow
    • spouse: at Fresno
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    Born October 13, 1860