SHELLEY, John Francis

SHELLEY, John Francis
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1905–1974

Biography

SHELLEY, John Francis, a Representative from California; born in San Francisco, Calif., September 3, 1905; attended the parochial and public schools; graduated from the law school of the University of San Francisco in 1932; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in California; elected to the State senate in 1938, and reelected in 1942, serving as Democratic floor leader 1938-1946; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1946; president of San Francisco Labor Council from January 1937 to May 1949 and then became secretary; elected president of the California American Federation of Labor in 1947, reelected in 1948 and 1949; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1960; served in temporary service, United States Coast Guard, during the Second World War on detached duty; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress, by special election November 8, 1949, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard J. Welch; reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from November 8, 1949, until his resignation January 7, 1964, having been elected mayor of San Francisco, taking office January 8, 1964, and serving until January 8, 1968; legislative advocate for San Francisco at State legislature, February 1969 until his death September 1, 1974, in San Francisco, Calif.; interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, Calif.

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

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External Research Collections

San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco History Center

San Francisco, CA
Papers: 1953-1967, 7.25 cubic feet. The collection documents the one-term administration of San Francisco Mayor John F. ("Jack") Shelley during the years 1964-1968. The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

San Francisco State University
Labor Archives and Research Center

San Francisco, CA
Papers: 1905-1974, 27 cubic feet. Contents of the collection are primarily newspaper clipping scrapbooks and files maintained by John Francis Shelley's office staff and provided by a professional clipping service. Newspapers represented include the San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner and Call-Bulletin, the Sacramento Bee and as well as a number of neighborhood and ethnic publications. (A full list of publications can be found in Addendum A.) Additionally the collection contains campaign literature and ballots, photocopies of private and public bills sponsored by Shelley and Congressional Record speeches and inserts pulled together by the Library of Congress Congressional Information Service.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Film Reel: 1963, 4 commercials on 1 film reel. The commercials were used during John Francis Shelley's campaign for the 1963 mayoral election in San Francisco, California, Democratic Party.
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