John P. Moran at age 33 - Under Sheriff of Los Angeles 1890 - Collection of Diane McCreary Studio City 2009 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge) 2000 - The Year of Valley History
John P. Moran was born in Los Angeles on July 17, 1857. He was baptized a Christian in the Old Mission Plaza Church in August of that year. Moran attended St. Vincent's school at the east side of Plaza Park. At the age of 18, John Moran was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, and was likely at the age of 21 the youngest elected politician in the country.
Around 1890 Moran became Under-Sheriff of Los Angeles under Sheriff Ed. Gibson. He later worked for the Federal Government in the Internal Revenue Service.
In 1904, John Moran became an administrator for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He died on December 6, 1926. Because of his splendid beard, Moral was known by Water and Power employees as "The Grizzly Bear."
c. 1926 John P. Moran (driver) and Freeman R. Cady - City vehicle - Collection of Diane McCreary Studio City 2009 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
Thanks to Diane McCreary of Studio City for this information and photos of James Moran.
The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.