Leo Gallagher (1887-1963) was a Los Angeles-based attorney specializing in labor law, as well as a labor activist. During
his career, Gallagher defended such high-profile clients as San Francisco labor union activist Tom Mooney and communist George
Dimitroff, as well as workers, activists, and minorities. In 1933, Gallagher ran for Los Angeles Municipal Court judge and
lost. In 1934, he ran for associate justice on the California Supreme Court, losing that race as well. Gallagher ran for California
Supreme Court again in 1936, for California Secretary of State in 1938, and for Los Angeles Board of Education in 1949. Although
Gallagher was never elected to public office, he used his campaigns as a platform to advocate for his progressive causes.
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