David Marston Clough

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David Marston Clough
David Marston Clough
13th Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 31, 1895 – January 2, 1899
Lieutenant Frank A. Day
John L. Gibbs
Preceded by Knute Nelson
Succeeded by John Lind
12th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 9, 1893 – January 31, 1895
Governor Knute Nelson
Preceded by Gideon S. Ives
Succeeded by Frank A. Day
Member of the Minnesota Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1846-12-27)December 27, 1846
Lyme, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died August 28, 1924(1924-08-28) (aged 77)
Everett, Washington
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Addie Barton
Profession lumberman

David Marston Clough (December 27, 1846 – August 28, 1924) was an American politician. He served in the Minnesota State Senate from January 1887 to January 1893. He served as the state's Lieutenant Governor, January 9, 1893 to January 31, 1895. He was the 13th Governor of Minnesota from January 31, 1895 to January 2, 1899. He was a Republican.

Born in 1846 in Lyme, New Hampshire, the fourth of fourteen children of New England farmers who resettled near the Rum River, David Clough helped his family eke out a scanty living from the land by raising crops and cutting timber. His boyhood experiences would serve him well as both an entrepreneur and public servant in a state where agriculture and lumber dominated the economy.

Clough's first business venture, a logging operation he founded at 20, lifted him from poverty and launched him on a path toward wealth and political prominence. He moved to Minneapolis in 1872 and was elected to the city council eleven years later and then to the Minnesota Senate. From the Senate, he advanced to the office of lieutenant governor under Republican Knute Nelson, whose election to the U.S. Senate moved Clough into the governor's office.

Clough's first administration was notable for the ratification of significant amendments to the state constitution, including those establishing the Minnesota Board of Pardons, withdrawing the right of aliens to vote, and authorizing municipalities to frame "home rule" charters. During his second term, narrowly won in 1896, the legislature raised taxes on several private industries and enacted child-labor laws.

In 1900 the redoubtable railroad magnate James J. Hill urged Clough to establish a lumber operation near Puget Sound. Until his death at age 78, the logger-turned-lumber baron lived in Everett, Washington, where he championed the interests of the mill owners against their employees' unionization efforts.

Clough is the namesake of Culdrum Township, Morrison County, Minnesota.[1]


  1. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 351. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Gideon S. Ives
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Frank A. Day
Preceded by
Knute Nelson
Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
John Lind