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Rolland A Vandegrift

Rolland A Vandegrift, American history educator, research company executive. Member State Postwar Public Works Review Board, September 1944-1947.; Served in California National Guard, 1913-1916; Member Phi Delta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi, Acacia.; Member Christian (Disciples) Church.; Mason (Shriner).


  • Vandegrift, Rolland A was born on November 19, 1893 in Washington, District of Columbia. Son of Samuel A. and Margaret (McClay) Vandegrift.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley, 1917, Master of Arts, 1921, candidate Doctor of Philosophy., 1923.


    • Resident fellow Native Sons of Golden West in Pacific Coast history, 1919-1920. Traveling fellow same, carrying on research in Archives of Spain, France and England, 1921-1922. Assistant in history, University of California, Berkeley, 1920-1921 and 1922-1923.

      Assistant professor of history and government, University of Southern California, 1923-1924, associate professor, 1924-1925, professor, 1925-1926. Director of research California Taxation Improvement Association, Los Angeles, 1925. Director of research California Taxpayers Association, 1926-1929, secretary-manager, 1929-1930.

      Head of Vandegrift Research Associates, doing governmental and economic research in California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, 1928-1930. Engaged in research of tax situation and governmental organization of State of Utah for Metal Mining Industry of Utah, 1929-1930. Director of finance State of California and chairman State Board of Control, 1930-1934.

      Chairman State Emergency Council, California. First president California State Employees Retirement Board. Public Stockton (California).

      Independent, 1933-1934. Managing own interests and ranching in Ventura and Yolo counties, 1934-1935. General agent Occidental Life Insurance Company of California for Sacramento and Superior, California (18 counties), 1935-1936, branch manager, 1936-1939, associate general agent, same, Oakland, 1939-1940, agent since October 19, 1940.

      Research and tax consultant for Utah Foundation since 1945. Legislative auditor, State of California (1st to hold this office), since October 20, 1941.


    • Author of numerous papers and pamphlets on history, taxes, and other economics subjects. Breeder of registered Hampshire and Southdown sheep.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member State Postwar Public Works Review Board, September 1944-1947.; Served in California National Guard, 1913-1916. Member Phi Delta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi, Acacia.

    Member Christian (Disciples) Church. Mason (Shriner).


    • Married Margaret Teresa Bickford, August 15, 1917 (divorced).; married second, Ella B. Rawlings, September 4, 1937. Children: Margaret Jean, Rolland A., Clarinda, Lucian Bickford.
    • father: Samuel A. Vandegrift
    • mother: Margaret (McClay) Vandegrift
    • spouses: Margaret Teresa Bickford
    • Ella B. Rawlings
    • children: Margaret Jean Vandegrift
    • Rolland A. Vandegrift
    • Clarinda Vandegrift
    • Lucian Bickford Vandegrift
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    Born November 19, 1893
    Died December 17, 1949
    (aged 56)