Oral Histories

Interview of Norris Poulson

Mayor of Los Angeles, 56th district California State Assembly member from 1939 to 1943, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Who Would Have Ever Dreamed?
Politics and Government
Nunis, Doyce B. Jr
Poulson, Norris
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Processing of Interview:
The original manuscript was written at Mr. Poulson's home in La Jolla. It was edited by Elizabeth Dixon and indexed by Adelaide Tusler.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Family background; childhood in Oregon; move to California, 1923; involvement in Republican Party politics; election to California Assembly, 1938; investigation of Athletic Commission; Harry Martin and Louella Parsons; Jack B. Tenney's minority report; General John L. DeWitt and Japanese-American internment; election to Congress, 1942; wartime concerns; service on public lands committee; opposition to Central Arizona Project; postwar problems; communist threat; Korean War; Douglas MacArthur's speech to Congress; elected mayor of Los Angeles, 1953; two terms as mayor, 1953-61; public housing in Los Angeles; Bunker Hill redevelopment; advent of major league baseball and controversy over Chávez Ravine development; Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Los Angeles, 1959; statewide water resources; defeated for third term by Samuel W. Yorty, 1961; work with California Water Commission after retirement.