Charles E. Sebastian
Charles Edward Sebastian
Portrait of Mayor Charles Edward Sebastian
|30th Mayor of Los Angeles|
July 1, 1915 – September 2, 1916
|Preceded by||Henry Rose|
|Succeeded by||Frederick T. Woodman|
|Born||March 30, 1873|
Farmington, Missouri, USA
|Died||April 17, 1929 (aged 56)|
Los Angeles, California, USA
He was born in Farmington, Missouri on March 30, 1873.
Originally a patrolman in the LAPD, Sebastian climbed the ranks to Chief of Police and served in that office from January 3, 1911 to July 16, 1915. He was the first L.A. police chief to be elected mayor, due in no small part to his crusade against vice.
While running for office he became embroiled in a litany of charges but was later acquitted of them all. He did, however, later depart City Hall after adverse publicity concerning his personal life arose from the publication of letters of a damaging nature.
He died April 17, 1929, and is interred at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar, California.