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Clinton Amos Clauson

Gov. Clinton Amos Clauson

  • January 7, 1959 - December 30, 1959
  • Democratic
  • April 24, 1898
  • December 30, 1959
  • Iowa
  • Palmer School of Chiropractic
  • Married Ellen Kelleher; two children
  • Died in office, NGA Chair


CLINTON A. CLAUSON, the sixty-fourth governor of Maine, was born in Mitchell, Iowa on March 24, 1898. His early education was attained in the public schools of his native state. After graduating from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1919, Clauson established a successful practice in Waterville, Maine. He entered politics in 1928, serving as a member of the Democratic State Committee, a position he held until 1935. He served as the city treasurer of Waterville from 1930 to 1931, was the collector of Internal Revenue for the District of Maine from 1934 to 1953 and served on the Maine War Bond Program as the state administrator from 1941 to 1943. He also served as a member on several boards and committees and was the mayor of Waterville from 1956 to 1957. Clauson won the 1958 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and then went on to win the general election by a popular vote. He was sworn into office on January 7, 1959. During his tenure, state expenditures were reduced to alleviate the previous years’ economic recession. Eleven months into his term, Governor Clinton A. Clauson passed away on December 30, 1959. He is buried at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville, Maine.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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