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Clyde Laverne Herring

Gov. Clyde Laverne Herring

  • January 12, 1933 - January 14, 1937
  • Democratic
  • March 3, 1879
  • September 15, 1945
  • Michigan
  • Married Emma Spinney; four children
  • Senator
  • Army, National Guard


CLYDE LAVERNE HERRING, Iowa’s twenty-sixth governor, was born in Jackson, Michigan on May 3, 1879. His education was attained in the public school system of his native state. Herring served in both the Spanish American War and World War I. He enlisted in the Spanish American War as a private in Company D of the 3rd Michigan Regiment, and during World War I, he served on the Mexican border with the Iowa National Guard. After working as a rancher in Colorado and a farmer in Iowa, Herring settled into a successful career in the automobile business. He entered politics in 1920, but was unsuccessful in his bid for the governorship. He also was unsuccessful in 1922, when he ran for the U.S. Senate. Herring won the 1932 Democratic gubernatorial nomination and was sworn into the governor’s office on January 12, 1933. He was reelected to a second term in 1934. During his tenure, the problems that resulted from the Great Depression were addressed. A budget and financial control act was advocated for that would manage and condense state expenses; foreclosures were halted; and a law was passed that aided financially unstable banks. After finishing his term on January 14, 1937, Herring was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1937 to 1943. He also served as a senior assistant administrator in the Office of Price Administration in 1943. Governor Clyde L. Herring died on September 15, 1945, and was buried in the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.



Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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.

University of Iowa: Papers of Clyde L. Herring, 1932-1942

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