William Jack Chow was born on July 3, 1909 in Fresno, California. Chow received his B.S. from Saint Mary's College and J.D.
from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1935. As one of the country's first Chinese American lawyer,
he represented Chinese immigrants battling against federal immigration authorities. In 1949, Chow and Jack Wong Sing formed
the law office of Chow and Sing in collaboration with Chow’s politically well-connected older brother, Albert Chow. He was
the first Chinese American deputy district attorney for San Francisco, the first president of the San Francisco Civil Service
Commission, and chairman of the San Francisco Housing Authority. He also served on the San Francisco Parking Authority. Throughout
his life, he was actively involved with numerous organizations, including: Six Companies, Bay Area Asian American Bar Association,
the Chinatown Optimist Club, the Chinese Cemetery Association, the National Gee Tuck Benevolent Association, the Chinese Sportsman
Club, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and International Institute and Chinese Cultural Foundation. In addition to his community
and political activities, Chow was president and Director of the Four Seas Restaurant and Director of Wing Sing Chong Company,
Importers of Food Products.
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