Robert P. Shuler: Highest Prohibition Vote-Getter

“Fightin Bob” Shuler

Robert P. Shuler
Robert P. Shuler

Robert P. Shuler was the Prohibition Party candidate who received the highest vote of any prohibition candidate ever. In the 1932 California election for US Senate he received 560,088 votes (25.8%). He carried  Orange and Riverside counties.

Following his defeat, Rev. Robert P. Shuler “placed an awful curse” on Southern California. “Fightin Bob” Shuler owned radio station KGFF from 1926 to 1932. KGFF stood for Keep God Forever First.

He lost its license for his controversial broadcasts. Shuler attacked Catholics, Jews, African Americans, and the Hollywood elite for drinking. He also attacked their alleged dishonesty, corruption, and immorality. But there is no evidence that he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. It also strongly supported Prohibition.

Robert P. Shuler was pastor of the Trinity Methodist Church in Los Angeles. He was unrelated to the well-known former pastor of the Crystal Cathedral.

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Robert P. Shuler