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Franklin Hichborn's Legislative Bulletin
Franklin Hichborn
Date Created and/or Issued
January 13, 1917
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Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento Room Periodicals
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Shown are several issues – numbers one through twelve of volume two--of Frank Hichborn’s 1917 Legislative Bulletin, a weekly record and analysis of California state legislative actions done in terms that were understandable to the general public. The paper was started in 1916 in the spirit of muckraking, a journalistic ethic that the California-born Hichborn (1868-1963) discovered while a student at Stanford University. It was there that he cut his teeth with the Santa Clara Index advocating for the development of a public-owned water system. This would set the tone for a lifetime passion for the promotion of public utilities and causes attached to the platform of the Progressive Movement. Eventually moving to Sacramento, he became a legislative reporter for both the Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Examiner, and then a free-lancer well into the 1940s. Hichborn was instrumental in promoting the election of Progressive candidate Hiram Johnson to gubernatorial office in 1910. He was also an ardent prohibitionist. The Legislative Bulletin – ultimately a financial disaster – was sold out of Hichborn’s Legislative Bulletin Office at 416 J Street, Sacramento, California.

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