POULSON, C. Norris

POULSON, C. Norris
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1895–1982

Biography

POULSON, C. Norris, a Representative from California; born and reared on a ranch near Haines, Baker County, Oreg., July 23, 1895; attended the public schools, Oregon State College at Corvallis, and Southwestern University, Los Angeles, Calif., 1923-1925; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1923; became a certified public accountant in 1933; member of the California assembly 1938-1942; delegate to California State Republican conventions on seven occasions; delegate to Republican National Convention, 1956; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth Congress (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1945); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress; elected in 1946 to the Eightieth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1947, until his resignation on June 11, 1953; elected mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., in 1953 and again in 1957 and served from June 1953 to June 1961; unsuccessful for reelection as mayor in 1961; California State Water Commissioner, June 1963 to April 1969; resided in Tustin, Calif., until his death in Orange, Calif., on September 25, 1982; cremated; ashes buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker, Oreg.

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 Interview, 1987, 139 pages. Subjects discussed in the oral history interview include Norris Poulson.
Oral History: In the Thomas M. Rees Interview, 1987, 388 pages. Subjects discussed in the oral history interview include Norris Poulson.
Oral History: In the William B. Ross Interview, 1990, 322 pages. Subjects discussed in the oral history interview include Norris Poulson.
Photographs: In the Earl Warren Papers, ca. 1943-1952, 32 photographs. The collection includes a photograph of Norris Poulson and Earl Warren taken in 1947.

University of California, Los Angeles
Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library

Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1938-1976, 2.5 linear feet and 25 oversize boxes. The Norris Poulson Collection consists of scrapbooks, clippings, documents, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and related material from when he was Los Angeles mayor. Includes Poulson's autobiography, The genealogy and life story of Erna and Norris Poulson. Includes materials related to his career as a California assemblyman, U.S. Congressman, and Los Angeles mayor, as well as signed letters and photographs of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Mayor Fletcher Bowron, Mayor Samuel Yorty, Nikita Khrushchev, Earl Warren, and others. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Joseph Jensen Papers, 1908-1972, 10 linear feet. Persons represented include Norris Poulson.
Photographs: In the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives, ca. 1918-ongoing, 1721.5 linear feet. Persons represented include Norris Poulson.

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives

Madison, WI
Papers: In the Hollywood Democratic Committee Records, 1942-1950, 3.2 cubic feet. Persons represented include Norris Poulson.
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