Biography of A. Olin Sinclair
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A. OLIN SINCLAIR – A man of determined and ambitious character, A. Olin Sinclair early planned the details of his career, and is now executing them with vigor and success. He wanted to be a lawyer. This, he felt, would give scope to his desire to deal with facts and with men, would use all his powers in the solution of human problems, and in the initiation of desirable measures for human betterment. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, June 10, 1894, A. Olin Sinclair is the son of Frederick O. Sinclair, born in Canton, Massachusetts, June 18, 1856, and his wife, Minnie W. (Decker) Sinclair, born in Deerfield, Massachusetts, December 14, 1862. His father, who died September 4, 1925, was connected for a long time with the United States Armory as inspector.
A. Olin Sinclair received his early education in the excellent public schools of Springfield, following up the general course of the grammar schools with work in the Technical High School. As before stated, he wanted to be a lawyer. He therefore took the very practical course of reading law with E. P. Kendrick, No. 476 Main Street, Springfield. He worked so faithfully at this that he was admitted to the Massachusetts bar, March 18, 1921, and ever since has been engaged in general practice. Mr. Sinclair is building up an admirable clientele. Those whom he has served think highly of his ability, and he is generally looked on as a young lawyer of promise. His knowledge of law makes him a valuable member of the City Council, where his term began in 1921, and which he will serve until 1926. During the war he served on the Legal Advisory Board. He is, though so young, a director in the Highland Cooperative Bank Mr. Sinclair is a Republican, a member of the Hampden County Bar Association, and a member of Christ Episcopal Church, for which he is also attorney. He is much interested in Masonry, being affiliated with Scottish Rite, and a thirty-second degree Mason, in the Hampden and Samuel Osgood Lodge, and a Shriner. He is a member of the Springfield Automobile Club, and the Winthrop Club.
A. Olin Sinclair married, April 21, 1923, Edith Merriam Fraser, in Springfield, Massachusetts, born February 10, 1897, she was the daughter of William T. and Elizabeth Fraser, of New Brunswick, Canada.