CLASON, Charles Russell, (1890 - 1985)


CLASON, Charles Russell, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine, September 3, 1890; attended the public schools; Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, A.B., 1911 and LL.D., 1914; Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., LL.B. and J.D., 1914; Oxford University, England, M.A. and B.A., 1917; connected with the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Department of Education, Washington, D.C., in 1913 and 1914; member of the commission for relief in Belgium in 1914 and 1915 and was decorated with the Medaille du Roi Albert; was admitted to the bar in 1917 and commenced practice in Boston, Mass.; during the First World War served as a sergeant major in the Coast Artillery, United States Army; instructor in law at Northeastern University, Springfield, Mass., 1920-1937; assistant district attorney of the western district of Massachusetts 1922-1926 and district attorney 1927-1930; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1952, 1956, and 1960; dean, Western New England College School of Law, 1952-1970; was a resident of Springfield, Mass., until his death there July 7, 1985; interment in Longmeadow Cemetery.