Leland Merritt FORD, Congress, CA (1893-1965)


FORD, Leland Merritt, a Representative from California; born in Eureka, Eureka County, Nev., March 8, 1893; attended the public schools; also took various courses at the University of Arizona at Tucson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blackburg, Sheldon Science of Business, Chicago, Ill., and the University of Southern California at Los Angeles; surveyor for Southern Sierras Power Co., in 1909 and 1910; employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad in California in 1911 and in New York in 1912 and 1913; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1915 and was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad; moved to Lynchburg, Va., and engaged in farming and livestock breeding 1915-1919; moved to Santa Monica, Calif., in 1919 and engaged in the real estate business; member of the planning commission, Santa Monica, Calif., 1923-1927; county supervisor of Los Angeles County, Calif., 1936-1939; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; resumed the real estate business; was a resident of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; died in Santa Monica, Calif., November 27, 1965; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present