Bowron, Fletcher, 1887-1968

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Bowron was born Aug. 13, 1887 in Poway, CA; attended UC Berkeley (1907-9), USC Law School (1909-11); admitted to CA State Bar, 1917; executive secretary to governor of CA (1925-26); judge, Superior Court, Los Angeles (1926-38, 1956-62); elected mayor of Los Angeles in recall election, Sept. 16, 1938; re-elected to three additional terms and served as mayor for a total fifteen years (1938-53); died Sept. 11, 1968.

From the description of Collection of material about the Los Angeles Metropolitan History Project, 1962-1964. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38272869

Fletcher Bowron, mayor of Los Angeles from 1938-1953, came into office as a reform candidate in a recall election. Bowron had been a newspaper reporter, practiced law, and spent six years as a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. After his term as mayor he was reelected judge of the Superior Court. After retirement he became interested in the study of Los Angeles history and initiated the Metropolitan Los Angeles History Project, which produced the bibliographical work, Los Angeles and its environs in the twentieth century (1973).

From the description of Papers of Fletcher Bowron, 1934-1970. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122540415

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Fletcher Bowron (1887-1968), who was mayor of the city of Los Angeles from 1938 to 1953, came into office as a reform candidate in a recall election. His goal was to eradicate political corruption and establish a professional municipal government. For 15 years he was continually reelected to this important position-fifteen years of tremendous growth and unusual problems for the Los Angeles area.

Mayor Bowron had spent the years 1911 to 1917 as a newspaper reporter, followed by a return to college for a law degree, two years in private practice, then six years as Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. During his terms as mayor, World War II brought the sudden expansion of war-related industries to Los Angeles and the immediate need for laborers, public housing, mass transportation, and pollution control. As mayor he worked not only for solutions to these problems but also for the creation of long range city planning and commercial development.

After his years as mayor, Bowron was reelected to the bench as Judge of the Superior Court. In 1962 he retired and devoted himself to a Metropolitan History Project. When Judge Bowron passed away in 1968, the project continued under the supervision of Mrs. Bowron and reached its fruition in the publication of the bibliography of Los Angeles history, Los Angeles and Its Environs in the Twentieth Century, with Doyce B. Nunis, Jr., as editor.

From the guide to the Fletcher Bowron Collection, 1934-1970, (The Huntington Library)

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Bowron was born August 13, 1887 in Poway, California; attended University of California at Berkeley (1907-09), University of Southern California Law School (1909-11); admitted to California State Bar, 1917; executive secretary to governor of California (1925-26); judge, Superior Court, Los Angeles (1926-38, 1956-62); elected mayor of Los Angeles in recall election, September 16, 1938; re-elected to three additional terms and served as mayor for a total fifteen years (1938-53); died September 11, 1968.

From the guide to the Fletcher Bowron Collection of Material About the Los Angeles Metropolitan History Project, 1962-1964, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Miller, Loren. Papers of Loren Miller, 1876-2003 (bulk dates 1932-1966) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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
creatorOf Fletcher Bowron Collection of Material About the Los Angeles Metropolitan History Project, 1962-1964 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Loren Miller papers, 1876-2003, 1932-1966 Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
creatorOf Hahn, Kenneth. Collection of Kenneth Hahn, circa 1945-1993. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Bowron, Fletcher. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1940-1941. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Bowron, Fletcher. Collection of material about the Los Angeles Metropolitan History Project, 1962-1964. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Dunne, Finley Peter, 1867-1936. Papers of Finley Peter Dunne and his family, 1898-1948. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Fletcher Bowron Collection, 1934-1970 The Huntington Library
referencedIn Olindo R. Angelillo papers, 1925-1983 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
creatorOf Kreider, Samuel L. Papers of Samuel L. Kreider, 1637-1953 (bulk 1856-1953). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Jones, Gerald W., 1911-. Water for Los Angeles : oral history transcript /by Andrew D. Basiago, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles, 1987. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Bowron, Fletcher, 1887-1968. Papers of Fletcher Bowron, 1934-1970. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Photograph Collection, 1940s-1950s Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
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associatedWith Angelillo, Olindo R. person
associatedWith California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County) corporateBody
associatedWith Dunne, Finley Peter, 1867-1936. person
associatedWith Green, Dan W. person
associatedWith Green, Dan W., person
associatedWith Grey, John A. person
associatedWith Grey, John A., person
associatedWith Hahn, Kenneth. person
associatedWith Himrod, William B. person
associatedWith Himrod, William B., person
associatedWith Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Gerald W., 1911- person
associatedWith Kinsey, Don Jackson, 1895- person
associatedWith Kreider, Samuel L. person
associatedWith Lewis, George A., fl. 1962- person
associatedWith Lewis, George A., fl. 1962, person
associatedWith Los Angeles Metropolitan History Project corporateBody
associatedWith Maidenberg, Harry F., person
associatedWith Miller, Loren person
associatedWith Miller, Loren. person
associatedWith Offner, Milton person
associatedWith Offner, Milton, person
associatedWith Rees, Thomas M., 1925- person
associatedWith Ryerson, Harold S. person
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associatedWith Whithall, Gordon person
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Los Angeles (Calif.)
California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
California--Los Angeles County
Los Angeles (Calif.)
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Public housing
Sanitation
City planning
Mayors--Archives
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Transportation
Water
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Birth 1887-08-13

Death 1968-09-11

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