Oral Histories

Interview of Robert W. Kenny

Attorney general of California from 1943 to 1947 and California senator from 1939 to 1943.
My First Forty Years in California Politics, 1922-1962
Interviews not in a series, part one
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
Attorney general of California from 1943 to 1947 and California senator from 1939 to 1943.
Nunis, Doyce B. Jr
Kenny, Robert W.
Place Conducted:
Kenny's office in Los Angeles, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Arrival of both grandfathers in California, 1852; paternal grandfather in book business with Hubert Howe Bancroft, San Francisco; further family background; father's banking pursuits in Los Angeles, 1890-1914; childhood in Los Angeles; education at Stanford University; early careers as newspaper reporter, lawyer, and municipal judge; bureau manager of United News Service in Los Angeles; partnership in Los Angeles Press Service; reporter for Los Angeles Express; Aimee Semple McPherson case, 1926; Julian Petroleum Company crash, 1927; James Rolph, Jr.'s gubernatorial campaign, 1930; Reverend Robert Shuler's radio station; appointment to superior court bench, 1932; Upton Sinclair and End Poverty in California (EPIC) campaign; bombing of Clifford Clinton's home, 1937; recall of Mayor Frank Shaw; opposition to fascism; election to California Senate, 1938; Governor Culbert L. Olson's administration; service as attorney general during governorship of Earl Warren, 1943-47; varied political activities for Demo-cratic Party while in and out of public office; rise and decline of California Democratic Party prior to 1955; effects of communist scare period on California education, politics, and Hollywood motion picture industry; debate with State Senator Jack B. Tenney at UCLA, 1952; Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai E. Stevenson presidential campaigns.