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.
Subtitle:
Memoirs of John Robertson Quinn
Topic:
Politics and Government
Interviewer:
Dixon, Elizabeth I.
Interviewee:
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.
Language:
English
Copyright:
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Abstract:
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.