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Finding Aid for the Reuben W. Borough papers, ca. 1880-1973
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Reuben W. Borough (1883-1970) was active in the Populist movement in Los Angeles in the early 20th century. He was a newspaper reporter for the Los Angeles Record, worked on Upton Sinclair's EPIC (End Poverty in California) gubernatorial campaign, and served as a councilmember of the Municipal League of Los Angeles and as a board member of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. He was a key organizer of the recall campaign that ousted Los Angeles Mayor Frank Shaw and elected Mayor Fletcher Bowron on a reform platform in 1938. He was a founding member of the Independent Progressive Party, and a life-long progressive proponent for labor, civil and political rights, peace, and the public ownership of power. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts of articles and speeches, research materials, clippings, periodicals and photographs.
Reuben W. Borough (RWB) (1883-1970) was a Progressive activist born in Sylvania, Ohio, who grew up in Marshall, Michigan, the son of a buggy manufacturer. He was childhood friends with the poet Carl Sandburg and the pulp novelist H. Bedford-Jones. He married Laura Bradley, a newspaper reporter, in 1910 and the couple moved to Los Angeles in 1912.
98 boxes (approximately 49 linear ft.)
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