DILL, Clarence Cleveland

DILL, Clarence Cleveland
Library of Congress
1884–1978

Biography

DILL, Clarence Cleveland, a Representative and a Senator from Washington; born near Fredericktown, Knox County, Ohio, September 21, 1884; attended the public schools; engaged in teaching 1901-1903; graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, 1907; newspaper reporter in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1907; taught in the high schools at Dubuque, Iowa, 1907-1908, and in Spokane, Wash., 1908-1910; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1910 and commenced practice in Spokane, Wash.; deputy prosecuting attorney of Spokane County 1911-1913; private secretary to the governor 1913; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth Congress; reelected to the Sixty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1919); chair, Committee on Mileage (Sixty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918; resumed the practice of law in Spokane, Wash.; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1922; reelected in 1928 and served from March 4, 1923, to January 3, 1935; was not a candidate for renomination in 1934; chair, Committee on Interstate Commerce (Seventy-third Congress); engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and Spokane, Wash., 1935-1939; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1940; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; member of the Columbia Basin Commission of the State of Washington 1945-1948; special assistant to the United States Attorney General 1946-1953; resumed the practice of law in Spokane, Wash., where he died January 14, 1978; interment in Fairmont Memorial Park.

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

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External Research Collections

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library

College Park, MD
Oral History: 1964 and 1971. 39 pages and 26 pages.

Eastern Washington State Historical Society

Spokane, WA
Papers: 1913-1970. 15 feet. Correspondence (1953-1975) relating to law practice, typescripts of speeches (1916-1972); manuscripts of published and unpublished books, including autobiography entitled Where Water Falls (1970); documents and ephemera concerning Grand Coulee Dam and other power projects; and family and personal papers. Topics include public broadcasting, taxation, and Indian affairs. Finding aid.

Eastern Washington State University

Cheney, WA
Papers: 2 items (1911, 1916) in the Beverly Clarke Mosby papers.

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Oral History: December 13, 1967. 19 pages. Available on interlibrary loan. Index. Copyrighted material that may not be copied in its entirety.

University of Washington Libraries
Manuscripts and University Archives

Seattle, WA
Papers: Correspondence in James M. Geraghty papers, 1916-1932; Walter B. Beals papers, 1916-1951; Guy C. Myers papers, 1926-1960; Merrill & Ring Lumber Company records, 1888-1956; Mark Allison Matthews papers, 1884-1948; and William E. Humphrey papers, 1903-1934, on 2 microfilm reels of originals in various collections.

Washington State University

Pullman, WA
Papers: Miscellaneous papers in various collections including Clarence Daniel Martin papers, 1896-1954. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dill, Clarence Cleveland. How Congress Makes Laws. Washington: Ransdell, 1936.

___. Radio Law, Practice and Procedure. Washington: National Law Book Co., 1938.

___. Where Water Falls. Spokane: n. p., 1970.

Irish, Kerry E. "Clarence Dill: The Life of a Western Politician." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, 1994.

Irish, Kerry E. Clarence C. Dill: The Life and Times of a Western Politician. Pullman, Wash.: Washington State University Press, 2000.

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