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Clarence Cleveland DILL

(1884-1978)
Senate Years of Service:
1923-1935
Party:
Democrat

DILL, Clarence Cleveland, a Representative and a Senator from Washington; born near Fredericktown, Knox County, Ohio, September 21, 1884; attended the public schools; engaged in teaching 1901-1903; graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, 1907; newspaper reporter in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1907; taught in the high schools at Dubuque, Iowa, 1907-1908, and in Spokane, Wash., 1908-1910; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1910 and commenced practice in Spokane, Wash.; deputy prosecuting attorney of Spokane County 1911-1913; private secretary to the governor 1913; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth Congress; reelected to the Sixty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918; resumed the practice of law in Spokane, Wash.; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1922; reelected in 1928 and served from March 4, 1923, to January 3, 1935; was not a candidate for renomination in 1934; chairman, Committee on Interstate Commerce (Seventy-third Congress); engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and Spokane, Wash., 1935-1939; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1940; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; member of the Columbia Basin Commission of the State of Washington 1945-1948; special assistant to the United States Attorney General 1946-1953; resumed the practice of law in Spokane, Wash., where he died January 14, 1978; interment in Fairmont Memorial Park.

Bibliography

Dill, Clarence C. How Congress Makes Laws. Washington, D.C.: Ransdell, 1936; Irish, Kerry E. Clarence C. Dill: The Life and Times of a Western Politician. Pullman, Wash.: Washington State University Press, 2000.

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

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