Arthur Redington

John and Julia’s son, attorney Arthur H. Redington, led the petition drive to incorporate Hillsborough.  On April 25, 1910, the vote was 60-1 in favor of incorporation.  Incorporation was seen as a means to exert more control over the fate of their community, rather than allowing it to be annexed to San Mateo or Burlingame.  For years, Arthur served as the Town of Hillsborough’s legal counsel.  His first cousin George Howard (the architect) was an early Hillsborough police commissioner.  His uncle by marriage, Henry P. Bowie, also a lawyer, held the office of Judge of the Recorder’s court for many years.  Arthur is also credited for defeating the attempts of San Francisco to annex San Mateo County in later years.1

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1 In his History of the Burlingame Country Club, Mitch Postel wrote:  “According to Frank Stanger, it was Redington who, as advocate for the city of Hillsborough, ‘masterminded’ the defeat of a bid of San Francisco’s Mayor Rolph to annex San Mateo County some years later.”  Postel, History of the Burlingame Country Club, 30.