Clarence F. Lea

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Clarence Frederick Lea
Rep. Clarence F. Lea, Democrat of Calif. LCCN2016877594 (cropped).jpg
Lea in 1940
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1917 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byWilliam Kent
Succeeded byHubert Baxter Scudder
Personal details
Born(1874-07-11)July 11, 1874
Highland Springs, California
DiedJune 20, 1964(1964-06-20) (aged 89)
Santa Rosa, California
Political partyDemocratic
EducationLakeport Academy
Stanford University
University of Denver

Clarence Frederick Lea (July 11, 1874 – June 20, 1964) was a U.S. Representative from California.[1]


He was born near Highland Springs, California, in southwestern Lake County on July 11, 1874. Lea attended Lakeport Academy in Lakeport, and Stanford University. He obtained a degree in law from the University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado, in 1898. Lea was admitted to the bar the same year and began practicing in Santa Rosa, California. He served as district attorney of Sonoma County, 1907–1917, and as president of the District Attorney's Association of California in 1916 and 1917.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917 – January 3, 1949). Lea served as chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Seventy-fifth through Seventy-ninth Congresses). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1948. Lea engaged in public relations work in Washington, D.C. from 1949 to 1954.

He died in Santa Rosa, California on June 20, 1964.[1] Lea is interred in Franklin Avenue Odd Fellows Cemetery.


He is known for having led the group of congressmen who passed the resolution calling for the Internment of Italian Americans, Internment of Japanese Americans and Internment of German Americans during World War II.[2][3]


  • United States Congress. "Clarence F. Lea (id: L000163)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ a b "Clarence Lea, 89, Served In House". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 22, 1964.
  2. ^ "Prisoners Among Us" (PDF). NIAF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-04-06.
  3. ^ "Chapter V: Japanese Evacuation From the West Coast". Retrieved 2016-08-16.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Kent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Hubert B. Scudder

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website