William Cresswell Mushet (December 22, 1860 – September 18, 1927) was an American politician who was a member of the Los Angeles City Council 1921 to 1925 and was the Los Angeles City Auditor from 1906 to 1909.[1] He was twice an unsuccessful candidate for the Mayor of Los Angeles in 1909 and 1911.[2]

William C. Mushet
Mushet in 1911
Member of the Los Angeles City Council for the At-Large district
In office
July 5, 1921 – June 30, 1925
Succeeded byConstituency eliminated
Los Angeles City Auditor
In office
December 13, 1906 – December 10, 1909
Preceded byLewis H. Schwaebe
Succeeded byJohn S. Myers
Personal details
Born(1860-12-22)December 22, 1860
Manchester, England, UK
DiedSeptember 18, 1927(1927-09-18) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California
Political partyRepublican
SpouseHattie Angelina Lobdell

Biography edit

Mushet was born on December 22, 1860, in Manchester, England and immigrated to San Francisco, California in 1886. He had 6 children with his wife, Hattie Angelina Lobdell.

In 1906, he was elected as the Los Angeles City Auditor.[3] As the City Auditor, he helped with the financially discredited and bankrupt city government and made it stable, as well as creating a reserve fund for the city.[1]

Mushet unsuccessfully ran in the November 1909 Los Angeles mayoral election against fellow Republican and incumbent George Alexander, placing third against Republican challenger George A. Smith.[4][5] Mushet ran again in the 1911 Los Angeles mayoral election against incumbent Alexander and Socialist challenger Job Harriman, where he did not make the runoff as well although he was endorsed by the Democratic Central City Committee.[6][7]

In 1921, he won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council for what was the At-Large district. As a council-member, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee in which he helped with the city finances as well as with the repeal of the occupational tax.[1][8]

Mushet died on September 18, 1927, at his home in Los Angeles.

References edit

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  1. ^ a b c "PASSING OF MUSHET". Los Angeles Times. September 21, 1927.
  2. ^ "SLATE PREPARED FOR MUSHET SUPPORTERS". Los Angeles Herald. November 6, 1909.
  3. ^ "AN EXCELLENT CHOICE. W. C. Mushet, of the First Ward, Would Make Ideal City Auditor". Highland Park News-Herald & Journal. December 1, 1906.
  4. ^ "MUSHET AND SMITH RUN CLOSE RACE FOR PLACE ON BALLOT". Los Angeles Herald. November 11, 1909.
  5. ^ "THREATENS TO KNIFE NOMINEE". Los Angeles Herald. November 14, 1909.
  6. ^ "MUSHET IS CHEERFUL". Los Angeles Herald. November 1, 1911.
  7. ^ "MUSHET TO ENTER RACE FOR MAYOR: Ex-City Auditor Announces Purpose and Position; Speaks of Important Matters for Next Executive; Rose and Summerfield Also Mentioned Now. MUSHET FOR MAYOR". Los Angeles Times. June 9, 1911.
  8. ^ "COUNCIL IN NEW ROW OVER BONO ISSUE SILE Scenes of Disorder and Open Clashes Mark Finance Committee's Report". Los Angeles Herald. August 11, 1921.