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Newton Nash CLEMENTS

(1837-1900)

CLEMENTS, Newton Nash, a Representative from Alabama; born in Tuscaloosa County, Ala., December 23, 1837; was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1858; entered Harvard University in 1859; studied law but never practiced; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army as a captain in the Twenty-sixth Alabama Regiment, afterward the Fiftieth Alabama Regiment; successively promoted to major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel; member of the State house of representatives 1870-1872 and 1874-1878, serving as speaker in 1876, 1877, and 1878; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Burwell B. Lewis and served from December 8, 1880, to March 3, 1881; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1880; largely interested in planting and cotton manufactures; died in Tuscaloosa, Ala., February 20, 1900; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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