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William Byron Rumford


Picture of William Byron Rumford
The Bancroft Library. UC Berkeley
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1948 Democratic AD-17 30358 Win
11-07-1950 Democratic AD-17 32470 Win
11-04-1952 Democratic AD-17 38995 Win
11-02-1954 Democratic AD-17 32733 Win
11-06-1956 Democratic AD-17 35779 Win
11-04-1958 Democratic AD-17 31636 Win
11-08-1960 Democratic AD-17 33900 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic AD-17 45022 Win
11-03-1964 Democratic AD-17 52963 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic SD-08 159968 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 2, 1908 in Courtland, Arizona
Married: Elsie Rebecca Carrington (in 1932)
Children: William Byron Jr., Randolph Lee, and Elsie Rebecca II
Died: June 12, 1986 in Berkeley, CA

1942: Member, Berkeley Emergency Housing Committee
1944-1945: Member, California Rent Control Board

  • LEGISLATION: Author of the 1959 Fair Employment Practices Act
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the Rumford Fair Housing Bill (1963) 
  • PLACENAME: Route 24 from Interstate 580 to the Caldecott Tunnel is named the "William Byron Rumford Freeway" - Source:
  • PLACENAME: The Byron Rumford Post Office is located at 1301 Clay Street in Oakland.

Source: California Blue Book (1954), (1963)
Source: "Primary Ballot Studded With Comeback Efforts" by Richard Bergholz, Los Angeles Times (4/28/1968)