Clarence Morley

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Clarence Joseph Morley
24th Governor of the State of Colorado
In office
January 13, 1925 – January 11, 1927
Lieutenant Sterling Byrd Lacy
Preceded by William E. Sweet
Succeeded by Billy Adams
Personal details
Born (1869-02-09)February 9, 1869
Dyersville, Iowa
Died November 15, 1948(1948-11-15) (aged 79)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Political party Republican

Clarence Joseph Morley (February 9, 1869 – November 15, 1948) was the 24th Governor of Colorado from 1925 to 1927, serving one two-year term. He was a Republican. Before becoming governor he was a judge in Denver, Colorado. He was a member of the Ku Klux Klan which was an important force in Colorado politics during the 1920s and largely responsible for the division of the Republican and Democratic votes that enabled him to take office.[1]

He was virulently anti-Catholic and is reputedly one of the most extreme governors in the state's history.[2][3]

After office, Morley established C.J. Morley & Company, a stock brokerage firm in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was convicted of mail fraud and imprisoned.[4]


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Political offices
Preceded by
William Ellery Sweet
Governor of Colorado
Succeeded by
William Herbert Adams