Oral Histories

Interview of John Robertson Quinn

Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1933 to 1935 and Los Angeles County assessor.
Memoirs of John Robertson Quinn
Politics and Government
Dixon, Elizabeth I.
Quinn, John Robertson
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Elizabeth I. Dixon, Librarian of the Office of Oral History, UCLA.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Youth and education in Northern California; World War I military service; interest in veterans affairs; formation of American Legion; service as national commander, American Legion, 1923; unsuccessful Los Angeles mayoral candidacy, 1929; supported by the Chandlers; chair, Veterans Welfare Board; appointment to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 1930-36; corruption on board of supervisors; San Gabriel Dam construction; Depression in Los Angeles; relief measures; James L. Beebe and Municipal League; Veterans Farm and Home Purchase Act; appointment as Los Angeles County Assessor, 1938; problems and pressure associated with tax assessment; retirement, 1962.