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J. Frank Burns
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1910]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes and has creases and a tear in the upper right corner.
J. Frank Burns arrived in Los Angeles in 1853 from Michigan, becoming involved in the formation of the city. He was, at various times, a school teacher, Los Angeles County Sheriff, police chief and treasurer of the city of Los Angleles, landowner, bounty hunter, and member of the Pioneer Society of Los Angeles. Burns lived a colorful life, hunting down criminals well into his 80s. Burns is credited for his part in preventing the burning of Chinatown during the Chinese Massacre of 1871. He was involved in a scandal in 1892 when he was accused of bigamy by a former girlfriend claiming the two were married. Burns denied ever marrying her.
1 photographic print :b&w ;22 x 17 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 81
Burns, James Frank
Police chiefs--California--Los Angeles
Sheriffs--California--Los Angeles County
Men--California--Los Angeles
Portrait photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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