Clemence Brooks Horrall

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Clemence Brooks Horrall

  • Birth 24 Sep 1895 Washington, Daviess County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 4 Oct 1960 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 36668467

Law Figure. He is remembered as being the first Native American to serve as the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Born in Washington, Indiana, he was raised in a strict household. After graduating from Washington State University he settled in Spokane, Washington, and took a job with the Ralph Commission Company as a seller and buyer of live stock. At the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted with the Cadet Corps and served with them for two years, with the rank of Private. Following the war, he headed to California, eventually settling in the Los Angeles area, and marrying his wife Helen with whom he had a son. After working several odd jobs to support his new family, Horrall decided to take up a career in law enforcement. He was eventually named the Chief of the LAPD following the retirement of former chief Arthur C. Hohmann in 1941. He was officially sworn in on June 16th of that year. During his tenure as chief his career saw many important events that would shape the city of Los Angeles during the 1940s. These included the Japanese-American relocation and interment, World War II, the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, and the Black Dahlia homicide of Elizabeth Short in 1947. Another incident, the infamous Hollywood madam Brenda Allen vice scandal led to his resignation from office on June 28, 1949, after it was found that officers involved with the Hollywood madam lied under oath during grand jury testimony, as did the Chief himself. After his retirement from office, he lived out his last days with his wife and grandchildren. He passed away in 1960 from a heart attack at the age of 65.


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  • Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 3 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36668467
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clemence Brooks Horrall (24 Sep 1895–4 Oct 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36668467, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough "K" (contributor 46537737) .