CHANDLER, Walter (Clift) (1887-1967)

CHANDLER, WALTER (CLIFT), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Jackson, Madison County, Tenn., October 5, 1887; attended the public schools and was graduated from the law department of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1909; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Memphis, Tenn.; assistant district attorney general in 1916; member of the State house of representatives in 1917; served in the State senate 1921-1923; city attorney of Memphis 1928-1934; served as a captain in the One Hundred and Fourteenth Field Artillery, Thirtieth Division, American Expeditionary Forces, from July 25, 1917, to April 19, 1919; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1940 and 1944; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congresses and served from January 3, 1935, until his resignation on January 2, 1940, having been elected mayor of Memphis; reelected mayor in 1943 and served until September 1, 1946; resumed the practice of law; temporary president, Tennessee constitutional convention, in 1953; mayor of Memphis in 1955 for unexpired term; resided in Memphis, Tenn., until his death there on October 1, 1967; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Tennessee State Library & Archives
Nashville, TN
Papers: In the James Douglas Anderson Papers, ca. 1854-1951, approximately 3,070 items and 10 volumes.
Correspondents include Walter C. Chandler. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the R.B.C. Howell Family Papers, ca. 1838-1963, approximately 4,500 items.
Correspondents include Walter Chandler. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

  • Chandler, Walter. The beginnings of the judicial system of Tennessee and now: Address of Walter Chandler at annual dinner of Bar Association of Tennessee, Memphis, June 15, 1940. N.p., 1949?
  • ------. The centenary of Associate Justice John Catron of the United States Supreme Court: Address of Walter Chandler at the fifty-sixth annual session of the Bar Association of Tennessee at Memphis, Friday, June 11, 1937, with bibliographical notes. Memphis: S. C. Toof & Co., 1937.