A. Ronald Button
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Button was born in Plainview, Nebraska and graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. In 1928, he began to practice in Hollywood, where he had a number of celebrity clients, including Hedy Lamarr and Thelma Todd. He specialized in corporate and business law. In September 1931, he married actress Gladys McConnell, and they had a daughter, Mary Barbara Button (b. 9 February 1937, Los Angeles), now known as Barbara McAllister. During World War II, he was a major in the Army Signal Corps motion picture division, spending much of his duty time at Hal Roach Studios with actor Ronald Reagan.
Button was Republican State Central Committee chairman in 1953, when he was selected for the Republican National Committee in which he remained for three years. On November 1, 1956, California Governor Goodwin Knight appointed him state treasurer, succeeding Charles G. Johnson, who retired after 34 years in office amid a dispute with Gov. Knight and allegations of funneling state funds for personal use.
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