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Edgar C. Levey

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Edgar C. Levey
42nd Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
January 1927 – December 1932
Preceded byFrank F. Merriam
Succeeded byWalter J. Little
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 28th district
In office
January 4, 1937 – January 2, 1939
Preceded byJames F. Brennan
Succeeded byRobert Miller Green
In office
January 5, 1925 – January 7, 1935
Preceded byLouis F. Erb
Succeeded byJames F. Brennan
Personal details
Edgar C. Levey

August 4, 1881
San Francisco, California
DiedOctober 8, 1962(1962-10-08) (aged 81)
San Francisco, California
Political partyRepublican
SpouseEmily Newman (m. 1916)

Edgar C. Levey (August 4, 1881 – October 8, 1962) was a Republican Speaker of the California Assembly and an assistant District Attorney in San Francisco in the early 1900s.


Levey was born in 1881 in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Lowell High School.[1] He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, in 1903. He got his law degree from Hastings College of Law in 1905. In 1906, he was appointed Assistant District Attorney for San Francisco under D.A. Hiram Johnson. Levey left the D.A.'s office in 1910 to go into private practice.[2]

Levey married Emily Newman in 1916 and raised two children: Janet Therese and Elaine Alice. He was President of the Native Sons of the Golden West and was a Master of Masons. He served 1917-1918 as Great Sachem (state president) of the Great Council of California, Improved Order of Red Men, oldest fraternal order of American origin (dating back to the Committees of Correspondence in the original Thirteen Colonies of 1765). He had been initiated into Oshonee Tribe No. 78 of San Francisco on March 31, 1909; served as Sachem (local president) in the first half of 1911. He served as the Great Incohonee (national president) of the Order 1938-1940 and presided in the latter year at Columbus, Ohio. "His administration as Great Incohonee was distinguished by two major tasks. The first was to establish a national magazine and the second was the creation of an Organization Department" (to extend the Order into new territories).[3] Upon the completion of his service on the national board he was appointed to the Great Board of Appeals (national judicial body) on which he served until his death in 1962. In November 1924 he was first elected to the legislature to represent San Francisco's 28th Assembly District. In the legislature, Levey chaired a committee to investigate the need for motor laws and mandatory automobile liability insurance.[4] Levey was re-elected to his Assembly seat in 1926, 1928, 1930, and 1932.[5] Levey was elected the 42nd Speaker of the Assembly in 1927. He served three terms as Speaker.[6] Levey was succeeded by Walter J. Little as Speaker in January 1933.[7]

In 1934, Levey ran for the U.S. Congress, but lost the Republican primary for Congressional District 4.[8] In November 1936, Levey returned to the Assembly for one term. In 1938, he ran for Senate District 14 and lost. He tried to reclaim his old Assembly seat in the reapportioned 19th Assembly District in 1944 but lost.[8]

Levey died on October 8, 1962, at Hahnemann Hospital in San Francisco.[9]


  1. ^ Biographical and career information from California Blue Book, 1927, Office of State Printing, Sacramento, Ca: 1927. p. 253. See also, 19th Century Lowellites: The Early History of Lowell High School Archived 2011-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 12, 1963 Regular Session, California Legislature. Resolution Chapter 17, Statutes of 1963.
  3. ^ History of the Improved Order of Red Men and Degree of Pocahontas, 1765-1988 by Robert E. Davis. Davis Brothers Publishing Co., Waco, TX: 1989, c.1990. pp.617-618.
  4. ^ California Blue Book, 1927, Office of State Printing, Sacramento, Ca: 1927. p. 253.
  5. ^ California Blue Book 2000, California Senate, Office of State Printing, Sacramento: 2000. p. 333.
  6. ^ For listings of all Assembly officers since 1849, see California's Legislature, E. Dotson Wilson, Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk, Sacramento, Ca: 2006. page 265.
  7. ^ See photo of Levey and Little in California Blue Book, 1927, Office of State Printing, Sacramento, Ca: 1927. p. 252.
  8. ^ a b JoinCalifornia - Edgar C. Levey
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Lesueur to Levi
California Assembly
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 28th District
January 5, 1925 - January 7, 1935
Succeeded by
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 28th District
January 4, 1937 - January 2, 1939
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 1927–January 1933
Succeeded by

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