Prescott F. Cogswell ’1882

Born in Thamesford, Ontario on October 23, 1859, Prescott moved to El Monte, California in 1882. Here he would distinguish himself in public service, business and industry. His community leadership began with his election to the Board of Trustees of El Monte Union High School District and as one of the founders and directors of the First National Bank of El Monte. In addition, he served a sixteen-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California. Elected to the California State Assembly in 1906, Prescott was responsible for adopting the inspection process for produce entering California, a system still used today. In 1912, he was elected to the California State Senate and to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1916. In honour of Prescott’s dedicated service and accomplishments, a school and an avenue in El Monte and a dam and a reservoir on the San Gabriel River all bear his name. Prescott passed away in 1960 at the age of 100.


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