Poulson, Norris, 1895-1982

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Charles Norris Poulson was born on July 23, 1895; attended Oregon Agricultural College, 1914-15; farmed 1916-23; moved to Los Angeles in 1923; attended Southwestern Univ., 1923-25; began his own accounting business about 1925, passing the CA CPA examination in 1933; was elected and served in the CA State Assembly (1938-42); first elected to the House of Representatives in 1942; served as mayor of LA (1953-61); served as a member of the CA Water Commission (1965-68); he died on Sept. 25, 1982.

From the description of Papers, 1938-1976. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 40352539

Biography

Charles Norris Poulson was born on July 23, 1895; attended Oregon Agricultural College, 1914-15; farmed 1916-23; moved to Los Angeles in 1923; attended Southwestern University, 1923-25; began his own accounting business about 1925, passing the California CPA examination in 1933; was elected and served in the California State Assembly (1938-42); first elected to the House of Representatives in 1942; served as mayor of Los Angeles (1953-61); served as a member of the California Water Commission (1965-68); he died on September 25, 1982.

Chronology

  • July 23, 1895: Born Charles Norris Poulson, Baker County, Oregon
  • Fall 1913: Attended Oregon Agricultural College
  • Fall 1914: Attended business college in Baker City, Oregon
  • February, 1915: Became accountant for J.F. Bryant, Haines, Oregon
  • December 25, 1916: Married Erna June Loennig
  • 1916 - 1923 : Farmed in Baker County, Oregon
  • Spring 1923: Moved to Los Angeles, California; became a bookkeeper for Square Oil Company
  • ca. 1925: Began accounting business of his own
  • 1933: Passed California CPA examination
  • 1938: Elected to the California State Assembly for the Los Angeles 56th District
  • 1939: Investigated the California Athletic Comm.
  • 1940: Re-elected to the California State Assembly
  • November, 1942: Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the California 13th District
  • November, 1944: Lost the congressional race for re-election to Ned Healy
  • 1945: State lobbyist for California CPA Association
  • November, 1946: Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1948: 1950: 1952: Re-elected to serve as Representative; served on the House Public Lands Comm. (now the Interior Comm.)
  • December, 1952 - May, 1953 : Campaigned as Los Angeles mayoralty candidate against Fletcher Bowron
  • May 26, 1953: Elected mayor of Los Angeles
  • July, 1953: Settled the Los Angeles Public Housing issue
  • 1956: Involved in the Los Angeles rubbish issue; served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention for Richard M. Nixon
  • 1957: Was re-elected mayor of Los Angeles
  • 1957 - 1959 : Involved in the Los Angeles Major League Baseball issue
  • September, 1959: Hosted Premier Nikita Khrushchev during his visit to Los Angeles
  • 1961: Lost the mayoralty election to Samuel Yorty
  • 1965 - 1968 : Served as member of the California Water Commission, participating in the California bond issue.
  • 1969 - : Retired and residing in Tustin, California

From the guide to the Norris Poulson Papers, 1938-1976, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Norris Poulson Papers, 1938-1976 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Poulson, Norris, 1895-1982. Papers, 1938-1976. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Poulson, Norris, 1895-1982. Who would have ever dreamed : ms. : Los Angeles, Calif., 1966. University of California, Bancroft Library, ARL
referencedIn Peirson M. Hall papaers, 1908-1979 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
referencedIn Rees, Thomas M., 1925-. Oral history interview with Thomas M. Rees, 1987. Transcript. [electronic resource] / by Carlos Vasquez, University of California, Los Angeles for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives. OCLC Econtent Synchronization Program
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn South Bay History Collection, 1923-2005 California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn John Collier papers Yale University Library
referencedIn California Federation for Civic Unity. California Federation for Civic Unity records, 1945-1956. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Slemons, J. Morris (Josiah Morris), 1876-1948. Scrapbooks of J. Morris Slemons, 1931-1969. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Lyle Stuart Papers, 1926-2010, [Bulk Dates: 1949-2003] Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Photograph Collection, 1940s-1950s Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
referencedIn California Federation for Civic Unity Records, 1945-1956 Bancroft Library
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correspondedWith California Federation for Civic Unity. corporateBody
associatedWith California State University, Dominguez Hills corporateBody
associatedWith Collier, John, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Hall, Peirson M. (Peirson Mitchell), 1894-1979 person
associatedWith Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles corporateBody
associatedWith Rees, Thomas M., 1925- person
associatedWith Slemons, J. Morris (Josiah Morris), 1876-1948. person
associatedWith Stuart, Lyle person
associatedWith United States. Congress. House corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Los Angeles. Oral History Program. corporateBody
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California--Los Angeles
California--Los Angeles
California
United States
United States
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Water
Mayors--Archival resources
Baseball
Legislators--Archival resources
Mayor
Occupation
Mayors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Legislators--United States--Archival resources
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Birth 1895-07-23

Death 1982-09-25

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