W. L. Clapp

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W. Lucas Clapp
Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by James A. Manson
Succeeded by Thomas R. Myers
Mayor of Memphis
In office
Preceded by William D. Bethell
Succeeded by Joseph J. Williams
Personal details
Born (1851-04-15)April 15, 1851
Memphis, Tennessee
Died September 28, 1901(1901-09-28) (aged 50)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lamira Parker
Occupation lawyer

Walker Lucas Clapp (April 15, 1851 – September 29, 1901) was an American politician in the state of Tennessee.

Clapp was born in 1851, the son of J. W. Clapp. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1871.[1] He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1874, practicing with his father, a prominent attorney.[1] During the American Civil War, Clapp served in the Confederate government, as director of the Produce Loan, appointed by Jefferson Davis.[2]

In 1887, Clapp was selected as speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He served in that capacity until 1891.[1][3] He served as Mayor of Memphis from 1895 to 1898, when he was defeated by just over 500 votes by Joseph J. Williams.[1][4]

He married Lamira Parker in 1874 and had four children.[1] Clapp died on September 29, 1901 in Baltimore, Maryland.[5][6]


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  2. ^ "Goodspeed History of Shelby Co. TN". Tngenweb.org. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  3. ^ Tennessee Blue Book - Riley C. Darnell - Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  4. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the ... - Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Full text of "Catalog of the members of the fraternity of Delta Psi"". Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Former Speaker Dead", Anaconda Standard, Monday, September 30, 1901, Anaconda, Montana, United States Of America