John Anson Ford
Life and career
Ford was born in Waukegan, Illinois. He attended Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, taught history and economics, then moved to Chicago, where he worked on the Chicago Tribune. He was on the editorial board of Popular Mechanics. In 1920 he came to Los Angeles and entered the advertising and publicity business.
Ford represented District 3 on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1934 to 1958. He was active in Democratic Party politics, serving on the state Central Committee, as chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, as delegate to Democratic National Conventions from California, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1940, and as chairman of the Southern California Citizens for Kennedy Committee. On his motion, in 1944, the Board of Supervisors established the Joint Committee for Interracial Progress that later became the Human Relations Commission.
After retiring, Ford "wrote regular newspaper columns and continued to give service to the community at large." The John Anson Ford Human Relations Award is named for him, as are the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, and John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, California.
- "Thirty Explosive Years in Los Angeles County", University of California Press, 2010
- California Death Index, retrieved November 8, 2011
- New York Times obituary, published November 5, 1983, retrieved November 7, 2011.
- Inventory of the John Anson Ford Papers, 1928-1971, at Online Archive of California.
- The Political Graveyard, Ford page
- Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations
- Bell Gardens Recreation Services
- John Anson Ford at Find a Grave
- John Anson Ford autobiography
- Transcript of an eight-hour interview – Ford discusses his life and career in Los Angeles, at The UCLA Oral History Program.
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