Albert Joseph Wallace

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Wallace in 1911

Albert Joseph Wallace (February 11, 1853 – February 23, 1939) was a member of the Los Angeles, California, City Council in 1907–09 and lieutenant governor of California in 1910–14.

Personal[edit]

Wallace was born on February 11, 1853, in Wellington County, Ontario, the son of Donald Wallace of Scotland and Harriet Lasby of England. He had nine siblings—John D., George, Francis S., Alexander H., Charles L., Frank S., Lavinia M., Matilda H. and Mary A. Albert Joseph was educated at Victoria University, Toronto. He moved to Pasadena, California, in 1886 and to Los Angeles in 1898.[1][2][3]

Wallace was a University of Southern California regent in 1887 and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from that school in 1912.[1] He was president of the California Anti-Saloon League and of the Los Angeles YMCA board of directors. He was identified with the development of the Methodist Church in Southern California.[2] In 1907 Wallace was elected one of the four vice presidents of the International YMCA convention in Washington, D.C.[4]

His first wife was Serena Healy, who died in childbirth on June 19, 1882. His second was Grace Alice Clark of Worcester, Massachusetts, whom Wallace met in Pasadena while she was vacationing there. They were married in Worcester about 1888, and after she moved to Los Angeles she became a charter member of the Ebell Club. They had four children, Kenneth Clark, Donald J., Helen Harriot and Katherine. She died on July 6, 1913.[5] His third wife was Grace H. Wallace.[2][6]

Wallace died at the age of 86 on February 23, 1939, in his home, 631 North McCadden Place in Hancock Park, Los Angeles.[2][7] His survivors were identified in his Los Angeles Times obituary as his widow, Mrs. Grace H. Wallace; two sons, Kenneth C. Wallace of Los Angeles and Donald H. Wallace of Long Beach; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Davis of Brooklyn, New York, and Mrs. Katherine Shannon of Bedford, Pennsylvania, and a sister, Mrs. S.F. Johnson of Pasadena. A funeral service was conducted at the First Hollywood Methodist Church, with interment at Rosedale Cemetery.[2]

Grace Hagar Wallace died on September 3, 1939.[8]

Vocation[edit]

Wallace was a teacher between 1869 and 1872, and he was a Methodist minister from 1872 to 1878. He was later the president of the Kendon Petroleum Company.[1] When he lived in Pasadena he and his brother, Frank S. Wallace, were "identified with the early real estate development of the city." After moving to Los Angeles in 1898 he organized "several oil companies."[2] He was a partner in the Ontario Water Company,[9] and he was a director of the Euclid Oil Company, which proposed to "own and develop oil, water and mining claims."[10] Other oil companies he helped organize were the Marengo and the Traders.[11]

Public service[edit]

Hiram Johnson, left, and A.J. Wallace, in the Los Angeles Herald, November 9, 1910

Wallace was named a member of the board of trustees of the University of Southern California in 1895 and was board president from 1924 to 1927.[2] On December 4, 1906, he was elected from the 5th Ward as a Republican and nonpartisan to a three-year term on the Los Angeles City Council by a vote of 2,453 for Wallace against 629 for Naelle, his Democratic opponent.[12][13]

He was lieutenant governor of California from 1910 to 1914, during Hiram Johnson's first term. In 1921 Wallace was a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. senator, but he was defeated in that bid by Samuel Shortridge.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Warren R. Porter
Lieutenant Governor of California
1911—1915
Succeeded by
John M. Eshleman