Clifford, Clark M., 1906-1998

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Birth 1906-12-25
Death 1998-10-10
Americans
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Lawyer and cabinet officer. Full name: Clark McAdam Clifford.

From the description of Clark M. Clifford papers, 1883-1999 (bulk 1946-1998). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979757

Clark M. Clifford was born on December 25, 1906, in Fort Scott, Kansas. He received his LL.B from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1928. From 1928 to 1944 he worked as an attorney in St. Louis. He married Margery Pepperell Kimball on October 3, 1931. From 1944 to 1946 he served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. From 1945 to 1946 he served as an Assistant Naval Aide to President Harry S. Truman, then became the President's official Naval Aide in 1946. From 1946 to 1950 he served as Special Counsel to President Truman. From 1950 to 1968 he worked as an attorney at the Clifford & Miller firm in Washington, D.C., and was an unofficial adviser to Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson. From 1968 to 1969 he served as the Secretary of Defense. From 1969 to 1991 he again worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C. at the Clifford & Warnke firm. During this time he served as an unofficial adviser to President Jimmy Carter and was Chairman of First American Bankshares. In 1991 he wrote Counsel to the President with Richard Holbrooke. He died on October 10, 1998.

From the description of Clifford, Clark M. (Clark McAdams), 1906-1998 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10568762

Lawyer and government official; b. Clark McAdams Clifford.

From the description of Papers, 1900-1980 (bulk 1946-1950). (Harry S Truman Library). WorldCat record id: 70943872

Clark M. Clifford (1906- ), attorney, special advisor to President Harry S. Truman from 1946-1950; Foreign policy advisor for President John F. Kennedy; Secretary of Defense from 1968-1969.

From the description of Oral history interview with Clark M. Clifford, 1985 Mar. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 45738925

Biographical Note

  • 1906, Dec. 25: Born, Fort Scott, Kans.
  • 1928: LL.B., Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1928 - 1933 : Associate attorney, Holland, Lashly & Donnell, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1931: Married Margery Kimball (died 2000)
  • 1933 - 1937 : Associate attorney, Holland, Lashly & Lashly, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1938 - 1943 : Partner, Lashly, Lashly, Miller & Clifford, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1944 - 1946 : Enlisted in U.S. Naval Reserve; served as special assistant to commander, Western Sea Frontier; assistant naval aide to the president; and naval aide to the president
  • 1946 - 1950 : Special counsel to the president
  • 1950 - 1968 : Senior partner, Clifford & Miller, Washington, D.C.
  • 1960: Member, Committee on the Defense Establishment
  • 1960 - 1961 : Representative, presidential administration transition team
  • 1961 - 1968 : Member and chairman, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
  • 1965: Fact-finding mission to Asia
  • 1966: Adviser to the president, Manila Conference
  • 1967: Trip to southeast Asia and Pacific as presidential emissary
  • 1968 - 1969 : Secretary of defense
  • 1969: Awarded Medal of Freedom with Distinction
  • 1969 - 1991 : Senior partner, Clifford & Warnke, Washington, D.C.
  • 1976: Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1977: Appointed special presidential emissary to Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus
  • 1978: Lawyer of the Year Award, Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
  • 1980: Appointed special presidential emissary to India Harry S. Truman Public Service Award
  • 1982 - 1991 : Chairman, First American Bankshares, Washington, D.C.
  • 1991: Published with Richard Holbrooke, Counsel to the President (New York: Random House. 709 pp.)
  • 1998, Oct. 10: Died, Bethesda, Md.

From the guide to the Clark M. Clifford Papers, 1883-1999, (bulk 1946-1998), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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