Representative Clifton Nesmith MCARTHUR

YEARS 1879-1923
OFFICE Representative
STATE Oregon
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 64th (1915-1917), 65th (1917-1919), 66th (1919-1921), 67th (1921-1923)

Representative Clifton Nesmith MCARTHUR Biography

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. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Oregon Historical Society Portland, OR Papers: Correspondence in the Oscar Peter Beck papers, ca. 1905-1950. 3 boxes. Papers: In the Joseph Nathan Teal papers, 1879-1925. 43 volumes, 7 boxes, and 10 feet of microfilm.


Clifton Nesmith MCARTHUR Committee Assignments

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