US Congressman, Los Angeles Mayor. He is best known as the Mayor that brought the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles. Born in Baker County, Oregon, he attended public schools. From there he attended Oregon State College in Corvallis. In 1923, he moved to Los Angeles where he attended Southwestern University. Poulson became a Certified Public Accountant in 1933. Five years later he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he served until 1942. That year he was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eight Congress, but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944. In 1946, Poulson was elected again to Congress and served until he resigned on June 11, 1953 to become mayor of Los Angeles. As mayor, Poulson was instrumental in bringing the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles. Although the move was hotly contested at the time, in the long run the professional baseball team proved a valuable asset to the city. Although not known as a champion of the poor or minorities, the integration of the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments also occurred during his administration. This despite the suspicion by some that Police Chief William H. Parker was a white supremacist. In 1961, he tried for a third term with the support of the powerful Los Angeles Times. However, his opponent Sam Yorty ran a very effective campaign. To make matters worse for the incumbent, Poulson developed laryngitis and Yorty scored a surprise victory. After Poulson's defeat, he would go on to serve as California's water commissioner from June 1963 to April 1969. He died in Orange, California and his remains were cremated. His ashes were buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in his native Oregon.
Bio by: R Wheaton
Erna June Loennig Poulson