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Charles W. Lyon


Picture of Charles W. Lyon
CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1914 Republican AD-62 6895 Win
11-07-1916 Republican AD-62 10221 Win
11-05-1918 Republican SD-34 16818 Win
11-07-1922 Republican SD-34 38430 Win
11-02-1926 Republican SD-34 69965 Win
11-08-1932 Republican AD-59 23513 Win
11-06-1934 Republican AD-59 30640 Win
11-03-1936 Republican AD-59 33181 Win
11-08-1938 Republican AD-59 33715 Win
11-05-1940 Republican AD-59 45325 Win
11-03-1942 Republican AD-59 27864 Win
11-07-1944 Republican AD-59 35757 Win
11-07-1950 Republican AD-59 28224 Win
11-04-1952 Republican AD-59 45480 Win
11-02-1954 Republican AD-59 8876 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: September 13, 1887 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Nancy P. Janney (in 1912)
Children: Nancy J. Locke, Charles W. Jr, and Frank Gilbert
Died: July 20, 1960

1914: City Attorney, City of Venice
1939: Minority Leader, California State Assembly
1943-1946: Speaker, California State Assembly

  • LEGAL TROUBLES: Lyon was convicted in October 1954 of selling of state liquor licenses (with G. Delbert Morris) and spent two years in prison. Lyon refused to resign from the Assembly and collected $1,500 in salary for the three months between his conviction and the end of his final term.
  • PARDON ME: Lyon was paroled in November 1956 and pardoned by Governor Goodwin Knight in 1958.
  • In 1938, Lyon (as a cross-filing candidate) defeated Robert A. Heinlein for the Democratic nomination for AD-59. As the only winning candidate in Primary, Lyon was unopposed in the General Election. Heinlein went on to become a prolific science fiction author, writing 32 novels, 59 short stories and 16 collections (including Starship Troopers in 1959).

Source: California Blue Book (1928), (1946), (1954)
Source: Political Graveyard (website).
Source: "1905 Decisions Could Bear in Robbins' Case: by David Lawsky (UPI), Los Angeles Times (3/22/1981)