Oral Histories

Interview of William Jarvis Carr

California senator from 1913 to 1923 and city attorney for Pasadena.
The Memoirs of William Jarvis Carr
Politics and Government
Nunis, Doyce B. Jr
Carr, William Jarvis
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Family background; father's arrival in San Francisco during gold rush and subsequent return to Illinois; education at West Aurora High School and University of Wisconsin; history courses from Frederick Jackson Turner; early civil service and legal careers in the Philippines, 1903-7; return to United States; private law practice and tenure as city attorney of Pasadena, 1907-13; politics in California; struggles against dominance of Southern Pacific Railroad Company; Francis J. Heney and "Graft Prosecutions"; Governor Hiram W. Johnson, Lincoln-Roosevelt League, and Progressive Party; experiences as state senator representing Thirty-sixth District, 1913-23; member of California Railroad Commission; active support of Progressive movement in California; Johnson's years in office; William D. Stephens era; C. C. Young and Friend Richardson administrations; public utilities, Herbert Hoover, Duff Carpenter, and Boulder Canyon project; tribute to wife Mary Huntington Carr.