Sam Yorty
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1909
Date of Death: 1998
Cause of Death: Stroke compounded by Pneumonia
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician, Pilot, TV talk show host
Military Branch: United States Army Air Force (World War II)
Political Party: Democratic Party (until 1980),
Republican Party (from 1980)
Political Office(s): United States Representative from California,
Mayor of Los Angeles
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct

Samuel William Yorty (October 1, 1909 – June 5, 1998) was a politician from Los Angeles, California. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and the California State Assembly, but he is most remembered for his turbulent years as Mayor of Los Angeles from 1961 to 1973.

Sam Yorty in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

Although a Democrat and veteran of the United States Army Air Force, Assemblyman Sam Yorty was sympathetic to Diana McGraw's efforts to end the American occupation of Germany. He arranged a rally for Mothers Against the Madness in Germany in Los Angeles in 1946. He was a very good speaker and politician. Although he loved his hometown, Yorty was ambitious enough to seek election to the House of Representatives, which would involve relocating to Washington.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Helen Gahagan Douglas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 14th congressional district
Succeeded by
Harlan Hagen
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 26th congressional district
Succeeded by
James Roosevelt
Preceded by
Norris Poulson
Mayor of Los Angeles, California
Succeeded by
Tom Bradley