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Rolland A Vandegrift

history educator , research company executive.

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.


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.


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.

Samuel A. Vandegrift

Margaret (McClay) Vandegrift

Margaret Teresa Bickford

Ella B. Rawlings

Margaret Jean Vandegrift

Rolland A. Vandegrift

Clarinda Vandegrift

Lucian Bickford Vandegrift