||Served To |
Arthur Langford was the son of Sheriff Robert Langford and our seventeenth Sheriff.
Sheriff Langford was born on May 4,1878 in Concow, Butte County, California. Arthur attended the public schools of San Jose and graduated from San Jose High School in 1897. After high school he attended the San Jose Business College. Through the next few years, Arthur ventured into various lines of employment, including the butcher trade, mining in British Columbia and working the range of the Miller and Lux Ranch, which was at one time, one of the largest ranches in Central California. In 1901 he went to work as a Deputy Sheriff for his father. When his father died in 1905, Arthur actively sought the appointment of Sheriff, but received only one vote from the Board of Supervisors. Frank Ross was appointed Sheriff. Sheriff Ross appointed Arthur as one of his Deputies.
In the November election of 1906, Arthur ran for Sheriff on the Democratic ticket against Ross, winning by only 309 votes. Ross refused to leave office and filed an injunction disputing the election results. It was almost ten days before Langford was able to take over the office of Sheriff. He ran for re- election in 1910, this time as a Republican, and won by 1694 votes. He also won the 1914 election, becoming the first Sheriff to serve twelve consecutive years. In 1918, he lost the election to George Lyle by just over 2000 votes.
Following his last term as Sheriff, he entered into the real estate business and for eight years worked for the Johnson-Temple Real Estate Company. In 1927, he was elected the County Auditor, a position he held until his death in 1936.
Sheriff Langford had been admitted to San Jose Hospital for a heart condition in late June of 1936. A week later on July 5, he suffered a severe heart attack and lapsed into a coma, dying the next morning. Arthur Langford was 58 years old.
The San Jose Mercury Herald, July 6,1936
The San Jose Mercury, November 9,1906, January 8,& 16,1907
Davis, Davis Commercial Encyclopedia of the Pacific Southwest, 1911
James, William F., History of San Jose, Smith Printing Co., San Jose, 1933
Sawyer, Eugene T., History of Santa Clara County California, Historic Record Co., Los Angeles Calif., 1922