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YORTY, Samuel William

YORTY, Samuel William
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1909–1998

Biography

YORTY, Samuel William, a Representative from California; born in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebr., October 1, 1909; attended the public schools of Lincoln, Nebr.; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1927; completed prelegal work and studied law at Southwestern University and La Salle University; also studied at University of Southern California 1946-1950, and extension courses at University of California in 1948; was admitted to the bar in 1939 and commenced the practice of law in Los Angeles, Calif.; member of the State assembly 1936-1940; served as a captain, Combat Intelligence, United States Air Corps, with service in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands 1942-1945; again a member of the State assembly in 1949 and 1950; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second and Eighty-third Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1955); was not a candidate for renomination in 1954 but was unsuccessful for election to the United States Senate; unsuccessful for Democratic nomination as United States Senator in 1956; resumed the practice of law; elected mayor of Los Angeles in May 1961 for a four-year term; reelected in 1965 and again in 1969; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1973; returned to the practice of law in Los Angeles; host of a radio and television show; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate in 1980; unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Los Angeles in 1981; died in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 5, 1998.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

California State Archives

Sacramento, CA
Oral History: In the Ernest E. Debs Oral History Interview, 1987, 139 pages. Subjects include Samuel William Yorty.
Oral History: In the Ralph C. Dills Oral History Interview, 1989, 455 pages. Subjects include Samuel William Yorty.
Oral History: In the Thomas M. Rees Oral History Interview, 1987, 388 pages. Subjects include Samuel William Yorty.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: 19 pages.

University of California
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Oral History: 1985, 203 pages. An interview of Samuel William Yorty by Hynda Rudd.
Oral History: In the Herbert M. Baus Oral History Interview, 1990, 311 pages. Subjects include Samuel William Yorty.
Papers: In the California Federation for Civic Unity Records, 1945-1956, 6 boxes and 3 cartons. Correspondents include Samuel William Yorty.
Oral History: In the Political Advocacy and Loyalty: Oral History Transcripts, 1982, 301 pages. Interviewees include Samuel William Yorty.
Oral History: In the Roy J. Ringer Oral History Interview, 1989, 162 pages. Subjects include Samuel William Yorty.
Oral History: In the William B. Ross Oral History Interview, 1990, 311 pages. Subjects include Samuel William Yorty.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Esquire, Inc. Records, 1933-1977, 26 linear feet. Subjects include Samuel William Yorty.

University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the State of Israel Bonds Organization Correspondence with Eugene Ormandy, 1962, 2 items. The papers contain a letter from Samuel W. Yorty, mayor of Los Angeles, regarding the award of the Medallion of Valor at the State of Israel Commendation dinner.

Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Max Lerner Papers, 1927-1992, 94.50 linear feet. Subjects include Samuel William Yorty.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bollens, John Constantinus, and Grant B. Geyer. Yorty: Politics of a Constant Candidate. Pacific Palisades, Calif.: Palisades Pubs., 1973.

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