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CULBERT OLSON - Only Avowed US Senator, California Governor

CULBERT OLSON - Only Avowed US Senator, California Governor

He was born in Fillmore, Utah to Daniel Olson and his wife Delilah King. Delilah was a suffragette and became the first female elected official in Utah. Both parents belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However Culbert was not convinced of the existence of God and became an atheist at an early age. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culbert_Olson

Born in Utah in 1876, politics was in Culbert Olson's blood. His suffragette mother was the first female elected official in Utah, and his cousin was a Congressman. Prior to his election as Governor, Olson was a farmhand, construction laborer, railroad worker, telegraph operator, newspaper editor, lawyer, U.S. Senator and State Senator.

One of Olson's Hollywood friends once said, "If you'd called Central Casting foràgovernors, Culbert Olson is what they'd have sent you," but while he looked the part, he was not suited for it. As Olson told Earl Warren, "If you want to know what Hell is like, just be Governor." He tried (but failed) to manage the legislature (he even installed a "hot line" phone to the Speaker's rostrum). Olson made humanitarian changes in the penal system and pardoned Tom Mooney, the controversial labor martyr convicted 20 years earlier. http://www.californiagovernors.ca.gov/h/biography/governor_29.html

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