David Anderson Dunlap, who is now serving his second term as sheriff of Napa county, California, has been identified with the life and the affairs of the coast country for over a quarter of a century. During most of this time he has had at least a semi-public career, having been engaged in enterprises or held offices in which it has fallen to his lot to serve and aid his fellow citizens, and his record throughout has been most praiseworthy. He is endowed with the talents which make for leadership among men, and his executive ability and clear-headedness in crises have made him an especially happy incumbent of the office of sheriff, and his popularity among all classes of people in the county is shown by the universal satisfaction with which they regard his six years' tenure of the office.

Mr. Dunlap was born in Crawford county, Missouri, March 16, 1854, and was a son of S. F. and Amanda (Anderson) Dunlap, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Missouri. Mr. Dunlap was educated in the public schools of his native county, and the royal road to learning in his day and generation was filled with many obstacles and difficulties, so that his literary training was not gained without many hard knocks. He attended school until he was sixteen years old, and from then until he reached his majority was engaged in the general merchandise business in that state.

He came west to California in 1875, and after remaining a short time in San Francisco went to Humboldt county, where he employed himself at several enterprises for two years. During the next year he followed mining in Lander county, Nevada, and for a short time after that conducted the overland Railroad Eating House at Battle Mountain. He then took the position of chief deputy in the office of Sheriff Captain J. C. Harper, of Lander county, and after the death of Captain Harper held the same position under his successor for two years. In 1882 he was elected sheriff of Lander county, and served until 1884, when he returned to California. He was engaged in farming and the hotel business in Humboldt county for two years, and in November, 1886, came to Napa, where he has since had his residence. He was one of the proprietors of the Napa Hotel for two years, and has been otherwise engaged during his stay in the county. He was elected sheriff of Napa county in 1898, and was re-elected in 1902, the length of term having been changed in 1894 from two to four years.

Mr. Dunlap was married in San Francisco county, February 22, 1880, to Miss Sarah E. Strong, a native of Humboldt county, California. her father was a pioneer to the state. Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap have two sons, Harry C., aged nineteen, is a student in the University of California, and Edgar S., aged seventeen, is attending the Napa high school. Mr. Dunlap has always been a stanch adjerent of the Democratic party. He is also prominent in fraternal circles. He has been a Mason for twenty-seven years, having attained the Knight Templar degree. He is also a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, being treasurer of the lodge; of the Independent Order of Foresters; is a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, of which he is treasurer, and also charter member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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