Clinton Clauson

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Clinton Amos Clauson
66th Governor of Maine
In office
January 6, 1959 – December 30, 1959
Preceded by Robert Haskell
Succeeded by John H. Reed
Personal details
Born (1895-03-28)March 28, 1895
Mitchell, Iowa
Died December 30, 1959(1959-12-30) (aged 64)
Political party Democratic
Profession Chiropractor

Clinton Amos Clauson (March 28, 1895, in Mitchell, Iowa – December 30, 1959, in Maine) was a Democratic Party politician and the 66th Governor of Maine.

Life and career[edit]

Clauson grew up in Iowa and served in World War I in early adulthood. He later became a member of many organizations including Freemasonry, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Newcomen Society of the United States.[1] In 1919 he graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic and later set up a practice in Waterville, Maine. He entered politics in 1928 as a member of the Democratic State Committee. After that he rose in Waterville's politics and in 1956 became mayor. He served for a year as mayor before being elected Governor, dying while in office in 1959.[2]

As a politician, he was deemed to be a conservative Democrat. His election victory surprised many in Maine, as Edmund Muskie's favorite had been expected to win and the Republican challenger was the better known Horace A. Hildreth. In an obituary, Clauson's career had been termed "unorthodox."[3] This is because he immigrated to Maine from Iowa as a young man, rose from obscurity to win the 1958 Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a conservative Democrat over the favorite of Maine liberals led by Governor Edmund Muskie, and went on to defeat a Republican opponent who was a heavy favorite. His death led to State Senate President Republican John H. Reed's becoming governor.

Some accomplishments during his brief term included expanding Maine's sales tax to fund the formation of consolidated school districts, instituting a 3% lodging tax for school funding, the first open meetings law in Maine, and expanding the powers of judges in state municipal courts, which led to the formation of the District Court system two years after his death.[4]

In 1961, the Maine Legislature voted to name two bridges over the Kennebec River in Fairfield on the then-under construction Interstate 95 the Clinton A. Clauson Memorial Bridges. The bridges were completed in 1964 and rehabilitated from 2013-2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political Graveyard's section on Chiropractors in politics
  2. ^ National Governor's Association
  3. ^ Time Magazine
  4. ^ a b Harlow, Doug (January 23, 2014). "Exit 133 entrance to Interstate-95 in Fairfield to reopen soon". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Haskell
Governor of Maine
1959
Succeeded by
John H. Reed