CLEMENTS, Earle C. (1896-1985)

CLEMENTS, EARLE C., a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky; born in Morganfield, Union County, Ky., October 22, 1896; attended the public schools and the University of Kentucky at Lexington; during the First World War served in the United States Army, attained the rank of captain; engaged in agricultural pursuits; sheriff of Union County 1922-1925; clerk of Union County 1926-1933; judge of Union County 1934-1941; member, State senate 1942-1944, serving as majority floor leader in 1944; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and Eightieth Congresses and served from January 3, 1945, until his resignation on January 6, 1948, having been elected Governor; elected Governor of Kentucky in 1947 for the term ending December 1951, but resigned on November 27, 1950, having been elected in a special election on November 7, 1950, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alben W. Barkley, a seat previously held by appointed Senator Garrett L. Withers, and at the same time was elected for a six-year term and served from November 27, 1950, to January 3, 1957; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1956; Democratic whip 1953-1957; director of the United States Senate Democratic Campaign Committee 1957-1959; highway commissioner of Kentucky 1960; consultant for the American Merchant Marine Institute 1961-1963; consultant to tobacco industry and president of the Tobacco Institute, Inc. 1964-1976; died on March 12, 1985 in Morganfield, Ky.; interment in Morganfield Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1948-1950. 1.5 cubic feet. Gubernatorial papers. Finding aid.

Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: Ca. .1 cubic foot of correspondence concerning research requests (1950s-1960s) in Historical Society archives.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: October 24, 1974; and December 6, 1977. 52 pages and 16 pages, respectively.

Murray State University
Forrest C. Pogue Special Collections Library
Murray, KY
Oral History: 1974-1976. 300 pages. Restricted.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Modern Political Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 1922-1970s. Ca. 300,000 items. Materials on Kentucky politics, state government and finances, Democratic party activity and strategy on national level, congressional and senatorial correspondence, and photographs. Ca. 30 additional feet, 1960s-1970s, unprocessed.
Oral History: Discussed in 42 interviews in Earle C. Clements Oral History project. Many are transcribed. Finding aid.

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: 1945-1966. 15 items. Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a biographical sketch (1966).
Additional Papers: Items in Mary Taylor Leiper Moore papers, 1936-1966; and Martine Calhoun Thornberry papers, 1940-1957.

  • Syvertsen, Thomas Hamilton. "Earle Chester Clements and the Democratic Party, 1920-1950.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kentucky, 1982.