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Clifton Nesmith McARTHUR

(1879-1923)

McARTHUR, Clifton Nesmith, (grandson of James Willis Nesmith), a Representative from Oregon; born in The Dalles, Wasco County, Oreg., June 10, 1879; attended the public schools at Rickreall, Oreg., and the Bishop Scott Academy, Portland, Oreg.; was graduated from the University of Oregon at Eugene in 1901; reporter on the Morning Oregonian 1901-1903; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Rickreall, Oreg., 1903-1906; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1906 and commenced practice in Portland; secretary of the Republican State central committee in 1908; secretary to Gov. Frank W. Benson 1908-1911; member of the State house of representatives 1909-1913 and served as speaker two sessions; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1923); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession and his former business activities in Portland, Oreg., where he died December 9, 1923; remains were cremated and the ashes deposited in the vaults of the Portland Cremation Association.

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

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