Frank L. Shaw
Frank L. Shaw was the first mayor of a major American city to be recalled from office, in 1938, he was a member of the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. His administration was seen as one of the most corrupt in Los Angeles history, although he had some defenders and was never charged with any crime. Shaw, the son of John D. Shaw and Katherine Roche, was born February 1, 1877, in or near Warwick, Ontario, he had Joseph. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan Colorado in the late 1880s and Kansas, before settling in Missouri, he went in Joplin, Missouri. He studied business and began clerking in a country store in Joplin and soon became a salesman with the Campbell-Redell Wholesale Grocery Company, he remained in the grocery business for thirty years, except when he was with the Ozark Coal and Railroad Company at Fort Smith, Arkansas. As a representative of the Cudahy Packing Company, Shaw moved to Los Angeles in 1909. In 1919 he joined the Haas-Baruch Company in Los Angeles and left it when he was elected to the City Council.
Shaw's childhood affliction with polio left him with a noticeable limp for the rest of his life. He was married to Cora H. Shires on February 5, 1905, in Fort Smith, in 1909 the couple moved to Los Angeles, they had no children. She died in 1951 at the age of 68. At age 76, Frank Shaw was secretly married in Tijuana, Mexico to Dortha Sheehan, age 22, revealed the fact three years in January 1956. Shaw was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the United Commercial Travelers of America, the Los Angeles Athletic and Jonathan clubs, the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Temple 320, the Shriners and the Elks, Moose and Maccabee lodges, he died of cancer on January 24, 1958. His residence with Dortha was 101 or 108 West 71st Street, in the Florence district. Burial took place in Inglewood Park Cemetery. After Shaw's death, a will leaving all of his estate to Dortha Shaw was contested in court by a group of the former mayor's relatives, led by Shaw's niece, Frances S. Lawrence, his brother, Joseph.
A jury sided with the Lawrence claim that Shaw had been unduly influenced by his new wife, but the verdict was not put into effect because all of the parties agreed to a settlement. Shaw was a large property owner, active in the United Commercial Travelers' Association when he filed for the 1925 election in the 8th Councilmanic District, he was living at 110 West 59th Place in the Florence District. He won reelection to two-year terms in 1925 and 1927. District 8 in 1925 included the area south of Washington Street, north of Jefferson on the western side and north of Slauson Avenue on the eastern side, bounded on the east by Alameda Street and the Vernon city line. In 1926 it was described as bounded by 47th Street, Vermont Avenue, Florence Avenue and Alameda Street. Both Shaw and Council Member R. S. Sparks raised criticism in advance of the May 1927 primary election when they each sent letters on city stationery to people who were on a tentative list for appointment as election workers asking them to call on the two councilmen to discuss, in the words of Shaw's letter, "several matters which I believe will prove advantageous to you."
Shaw denied. Shaw ran for the Board of Supervisors in 1928 and ousted Supervisor Jack Bean, who had attempted to mock Shaw as "the grocery boy who made good." He was reelected in 1930 and 1932 and was named chairman of the board by his fellow supervisors in 1932 and 1933. On the board he proposed the establishment of a county psychopathic clinic, which he said would be to "keep people out of asylums and prisons, not put them in." He was named chairman of a countywide committee on employment formed to help fight the "present crisis in the unemployment situation," and he proposed that employees in "all governmental departments as well as private business and industry" should be given a five-day week, "or a shorter work day," to meet the situation. In March 1933, Shaw abandoned his previous temperance stand in the battle over Prohibition repeal when he joined a 3-2 majority in deciding to repeal a county ordinance, more drastic than the national Volstead Act, which controlled the production and sale of liquor throughout the United States.
While still a supervisor, Shaw ran for the mayoralty of Los Angeles in 1933 against the incumbent, John C. Porter, was elected in the final vote, 187,053 to 155,513. During his term, the Los Angeles International Airport and the Slauson Avenue storm drain projects were developed by the Works Progress Administration, the Los Angeles Harbor became home base for the Pacific Fleet and the city employees' retirement system was begun. Union Station and the downtown Federal Building were constructed. Meanwhile, the corruption in City Hall led to a recall movement against him and his close associates. "Police misconduct and the mayor’s mishandling of public funds forced Shaw from office and led to the election of reform mayor Fletcher Bowron in 1938." He was the first mayor of a major American city to be recalled from office. Mayors Arthur C. Harper and Porter had faced recalls. Citizenship A major controversy erupted after Shaw's election as mayor when Charles A. Butler, former secretary of the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, filed suit, alleging that Shaw was not a citizen and therefore could not be sworn into office.
It developed that Shaw's Canadian-born father had taken out his first U. S. citizenship papers in Hays City, Kansas, in 1887, but no record could be found of a final d
Appointment for Love
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