James T. Carroll

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James T. Carroll (ca. 1877–1939) in 1933 served 103 days as 12th District member of the Los Angeles City Council to fill out the unexpired term of Thomas Francis Ford, who had been elected to the U.S. Congress the preceding year.



Carroll was born in Assumption, Illinois, and came to California in 1927. He was secretary of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Municipal League and of the executive council of the Holy Name Society. He lived with his family at 2226 Rampart Boulevard. He died at the age of 62 after an operation, leaving his widow, Mary Jane Carroll; three sons, Leo, John and James Jr.; and three daughters, Betty, Joan and Kathleen.[1]

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Carroll was appointed temporarily to the 12th District seat by the City Council on March 17, 1931, by eight votes for him, one vote for former Councilman Douglas Eads Foster and one vote for Lois Williams, Ford's secretary. Carroll said he would not be a candidate for the full two-year term beginning July 1 and that he would retain Mrs. Williams in her position.[2] He did run for the balance of the unexpired term in the May 1933 election and was chosen over the other candidate for the short-term job, George W. Scott. He thus served about fourteen weeks as council member for District 12, which at that time was bounded on the south by Pico Boulevard, the west by Hoover Street, the north by Fountain Avenue and the east by Figueroa Street.[3]

Carroll was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 14th District in the August 1934 primary election.[4]


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Preceded by
Thomas Francis Ford
Los Angeles City Council
12th district

Succeeded by
John W. Baumgartner