Fred C. Temple

Page 644-645 - Fred C. Temple. For nearly half a century Fred C. Temple has been a potent factor in the legal profession of Grand Rapids, and no lawyer of this city has made a more lasting impression for both professional ability of a high order and for the individuality of a genial personal character. As an advocate his ability has been demonstrated repeatedly and in the practice of his profession his course has been marked by inflexible integrity and honor. He was born in Grand Rapids, September 3, 1857, a son of Henry and Mary (Belknap) Temple, the former of whom was a native of England and the latter of whom was born in the state of New York. Henry Temple immigrated from England to Cattaraugus county, New York, when a young man and later came to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he married and afterward resided until his death. He is remembered as one of the sterling pioneer business men of this city who contributed much to its growth and development, and who was numbered among the highly esteemed citizens of the community. His widow survived him until June, 1925, dying at the venerable age of ninety years. Fred C. Temple has been a resident of Grand Rapids all his life and he has never lost an opportunity to do what he could for the advancement of the best interests of his native city. His educational advantages were those afforded by the grammar and high schools of Grand Rapids, and his interests have always been centered in this city. Having early determined upon the legal profession as a life work, he entered the law office of Grove & Thompson, where he fitted himself for his chosen profession. He was admitted to the bar in 1881 and practiced alone for three years, establishing himself in practice in the same office which he now occupies. In 1884 he formed a partnership with George W. Thompson under the firm name of Thompson & Temple and this alliance continued until Mr. Thompson’s death in 1921. Since the latter date Mr. Temple has been practicing alone. His high standing at the bar is firmly assured, and as a conscientious and profound counselor, his services are ever eagerly utilized. Both thorough and practical, he is admirably equipped to take the leading part in all matters in which he is interested, and as a man of earnest purpose and progressive principles, he has wielded definite and benignant influence both as a citizen and as a man of splendid professional ability. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Knights of Pythias, I. O. R. M., D. O. K. K., Woodmen, I. O. O. F. and A. E. U., and is prominent in both social and professional circles. Mr. Temple was married May 14,1895 to Miss L. Almedia Wright, of Oneida township, Eaton county, Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Temple have had no children born to them, but they adopted two infants – Georgiana, who died at the age of four years, and Bessie L., who is the wife of John C. Miller, of Grand Rapids.


Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 7 January 2004