Wheat, Frank, 1921-

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Frank Wheat, California lawyer and political activist. Born in Los Angeles on February 4, 1921, Francis Millspaugh Wheat graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pomona College in 1942. During World War II, Wheat served as a gunnery officer. In 1948, he received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and soon joined a Los Angeles law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, becoming a partner in 1955. One of the top securities lawyers in the nation, he was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 to the Securities and Exchange Commission and moved to Washington, D.C., returning to Los Angeles and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1969. Frank Wheat who adhered to the ideal of law in public interest, helped found (in 1992) the Alliance for Children's Rights and was active in the Center for Law in the Public Interest (CLIPI, founded in 1971), the California Commission on Campaign Financing, (whose studies resulted in voter-approved initiatives in 1988 (Proposition 68) and 1996 (Proposition 208), the California Citizens Budget Commission, Human Rights Watch, and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. Wheat spearheaded the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. Frank Wheat died on July 21, 2000.

From the description of Papers of Frank Wheat, ca. 1950-2000 (bulk ca. 1985-2000). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 228770313

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referencedIn Homer D. Crotty papers and addenda, 1859-2011 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
creatorOf Wheat, Frank, 1921-. Papers of Frank Wheat, ca. 1950-2000 (bulk ca. 1985-2000). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Alexander Pope papers, ca. 1932-2000, 1978-1990 Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
referencedIn Pope, Alexander, 1929-. Papers of Alexander Pope, 1932-2000, (bulk 1978-1990). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith California Budget Project. corporateBody
associatedWith California Citizens Budget Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith California Commission on Campaign Financing. corporateBody
associatedWith California Desert Protection League. corporateBody
associatedWith Center for Law in the Public Interest. corporateBody
associatedWith Crotty, Homer D. person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. corporateBody
associatedWith Human Rights Watch/Americas. corporateBody
associatedWith Izaak Walton League of America. corporateBody
associatedWith League of Conservation Voters. corporateBody
associatedWith Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. corporateBody
associatedWith Los Angeles County Bar Association. corporateBody
associatedWith National Parks and Conservation Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Pope, Alexander, 1929- person
associatedWith Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Sierra Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Sierra Club. Legal Defense Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Trust for Public Land (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Securities and Exchange Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilderness Society (U.S.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Anza-Borrego Desert (Calif.)
Mojave Desert (Calif.)
Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.)
Campaign funds
Cause lawyers
Desert conservation
Environmental impact analysis
Environmental impact statements
Environmental law
Insider trading in securities
Public interest law
Natural areas
Political activists
Research natural areas


Birth 1921-02-04

Death 2000-07-21


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