This collection contains the personal and professional papers of California lawyer and political activist Frank Wheat (1921-).
The papers chiefly date from the mid 1980s-2005 and cover his work on the California
Desert Protection Act; the California Desert Miracle, The Fight
for Desert Parks and Wilderness (1999), and other environmental issues, particularly
including mining's effect on the environment; the Alliance for Children's Rights,
the Center for Law in the Public Interest and Human Rights Watch and his involvement
with Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. The collection also contains information on
Wheat's legal career, including his presidency of the Los Angeles County Bar
Association, his tenure as an SEC Commissioner, his expertise in securities and
corporate law, and his involvement with the California Citizens Budget Commission
and California Commission on Campaign Financing.
Frank Wheat (1921-), California lawyer and political activist. Born in Los Angeles,
California, on February 4, 1921, Francis Millspaugh Wheat graduated Phi Beta Kappa
from Pomona College in 1942. During World War II Wheat spent three and a half years
on destroyers as a gunnery officer on active duty from 1942-46. He received his law
degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1948 and joined Gibson, Dunn &
Crutcher that year in Los Angeles, becoming a partner in 1955. One of the top
securities lawyers in the nation, he was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in
1964 to the Securities and Exchange Commission and moved to Washington, D.C.,
returning to Los Angeles and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1969.
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