CLEMENT CALHOUN YOUNG was born in Lisbon, New Hampshire, on April 28, 1869. He graduated from the University of California in 1892, and started his teaching career at his alma mater, Santa Rosa High School. After his teaching career, Young developed real estate in the suburbs of Berkeley. He entered politics when he was elected to the California Assembly, serving from 1909 to 1919, and serving as speaker from 1913 to 1919. Young was a delegate to the 1912 Republican National Convention, and served as lieutenant governor from 1919 to 1927. On November 2, 1926, he was elected governor, and on January 4, 1927, he was sworn into office. During his term, the Metropolitan Water District was formed, encompassing 13 cities and procuring water from the Colorado River. The E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery opened in Los Angeles, classes began at the new campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the St. Francis Dam collapsed causing an excessive amount of damage. Young lost his reelection bid, and left office on January 6, 1931. He returned to his business in real estate development at the Mason-McDaffle Company. Governor Young died on December 24, 1947.
Official Records:California State Archives
- Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
- California State Library - California History Section
Image source: California State Library: Governors' Gallery
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 1, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.