William Warren Shanks was born in Colorado on October 27, 1901. Shanks moved to southern California at an early age. He worked briefly as an artist, but by 1930 was pursuing a career in sales.
He was a resident of Los Angeles (1922-30), Ontario (1940), and died in Orange, California on December 28, 1993.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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