Biography of David H. Flett

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David H. Flett, attorney at law, was born at Kirkwell, Scotland, September 12, 1846, and came with his parents to Kenosha County, Wisconsin, in September, 1855. His early education was acquired in the district schools, after which he attended the Racine high school for two terms, and in 1875 he was graduated at the Oberlin (Ohio) College, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts. That same year he was elected superintendent of schools for Kenosha County and held the office until 1877. He was then principle of the high school at Elkhorn, Wisconsin, until 1879, and in 1880 graduated in the law department of the University of Wisconsin, at Madison. From 1880 to 1897 he was engaged in the practice of his profession at Racine, and four years of that time-from 1886 to 1890-was city attorney. In 1897 he was elected municipal judge, which office he held until 1902, when he resumed the practice of law. Judge Flat was a member of the Racine school board in 1896-97; was one of the trustees of the Racine County Insane Asylum from 1909 to 1915; a trustee of the Taylor Orphan Asylum in 1912-13, and is now one of the directors of the Manufacturers National Bank.

On September 30, 1882, David H. Flett and Miss Louise Townsend were united in marriage. To this union have been born four daughters, two of whom are married. Three of the daughters are graduates of the University of Wisconsin, and the youngest is a student in the Racine high school.

Judge Flett is a quiet, unassuming citizen, who pursues “the even tenor of his way,” his chief aim in life apparently being to mind his own business. In the various official positions he has been called upon to occupy, he has used the same discretion that he practices in the conduct of his private affairs, and it. is needless to say that his course has won the confidence and approbation of the people of Racine County.

MLA Source Citation:

Racine County Wisconsin History: Racine Belle City of the lakes and Racine County Wisconsin a record of settlement organization progress and achievement. SJ Clarke Pub Co. Chicago. 1916. 1216 pgs. Web. 16 December 2014. - Last updated on Aug 8th, 2012


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