ENGLE, Clair (1911-1964)

ENGLE, CLAIR, a Representative and a Senator from California; born in Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., September 21, 1911; attended the public schools; graduated from Chico (Calif.) State College in 1930 and from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1933; admitted to the bar in 1933 and commenced practice in Corning, Calif.; district attorney of Tehama County, Calif., 1934-1942; member, State senate 1943; elected on August 31, 1943, as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harry L. Englebright; reelected to the Seventy-ninth and to the six succeeding Congresses (August 31, 1943-January 3, 1959); chairman, Committee on War Claims (Seventy-ninth Congress), Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Eighty-fourth and Eighty-fifth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958, having become a candidate for United States Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958 and served from January 3, 1959, until his death in Washington, D.C., July 30, 1964; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Red Bluff, Calif.

California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral History: Discussed in interviews with Paul J. Lunardi (1989), Thomas J. MacBride (1987), and Roy Ringer (1989).

California State University, Chico
Chico, CA
Papers: 1943-1964. 105 cubic feet. Correspondence, legislation, subject files, press releases, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, motion picture and TV films, tape recordings, campaign material, and memorabilia. Finding aid.

Tehama County Library
Red Bluff, CA
Papers: 1959-1964. Ca. 20 feet. Senate office files, scrapbooks, campaign material, memorabilia, photographs, recordings, and correspondence.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: Letters and photographs in several collections.

University of Texas
Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: In Jessica Mitford papers, 1949-1973 (bulk 1961-1973).

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In John Collier papers, 1910-1987; and Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970.

  • Sayles, Stephen Paul. Clair Engle: The Forging of a Public Servant: A Study of Sacramento Valley Politics, 1933-1943. Association for Northern California Records and Research, occasional publication no. 1. Chico: Association for Northern California Records and Research, 1976.
  • ___. "Clair Engle and His Political Development in Tehama County, 1911-1944.'' California Historical Quarterly 54 (Winter 1975): 293-314.
  • ___. "Clair Engle and the Politics of California Reclamation, 1943-1960.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of New Mexico, 1978.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Clair Engle, Late a Senator from California. 88th Cong., 2d sess., 1964. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1965.