Warren, Earl

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  • Earl Warren (1891–1974) served as a three-term governor of California from 1943 to 1953. As a state politician, Warren brought California from its pre–economic boom period through the years immediately following World War II. California politics in the postwar years were marked by labor, socialist, and progressive action in the public forum, especially as California garnered a reputation as a coastal and economic paradise. A Republican by party affiliation, Warren practiced moderate and bipartisan governance. California historian Kevin Starr notes that Warren ushered in a period of liberal governance, demonstrated notably by expanded public works projects such as college, university, and highway construction. The Warren years were followed by the Goodwin Knight and Pat Brown administrations, both of whom had liberal leanings regarding the social ...

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