John C. Houlihan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
John C. Houlihan
43rd Mayor of Oakland, California
In office
July 1, 1961 – April 30, 1966
Preceded by Clifford D. Rishell
Succeeded by John H. Reading
Personal details
Born (1910-10-31)October 31, 1910
San Francisco, California, United States
Died July 31, 1986(1986-07-31) (aged 75)
Santa Rosa, California, United States

John C. Houlihan (October 31, 1910 – July 31, 1986) was a Republican who became the 43rd mayor of Oakland, California.[1][2]

He was elected Mayor in 1961, through his defeat of incumbent Mayor Clifford D. Rishell, and was subsequently re-elected to a second, four-year term of office in 1965. He resigned in 1966 after being charged with embezzlement.[3] Houlihan was sent to prison for more than two years after pleading guilty to taking almost $100,000 from an estate he was handling as an attorney. He was paroled in 1969 and pardoned by Ronald Reagan in 1973.[4]

Houlihan died at age 75 after a lengthy illness.[4]


  1. ^ Oakland Public Library. "Mayors of Oakland" (retrieved on April 7th, 2009). Archived July 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard. "Index to Politicians: Houghn to Houssni" (retrieved on April 7th, 2009).
  4. ^ a b "Oakland Mayor Houlihan is Dead at 75". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 July 2012.