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Clifton N. McArthur

Clifton Nesmith McArthur (June 10, 1879 – December 9, 1923) was a U.S. Representative from Oregon, and grandson of Senator James Willis Nesmith. His father was a member of the Oregon Supreme Court, and Clifton twice served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Clifton N. McArthur
Clifton McArthur, W.C. Hawley, N.J. Sumiott, 2-21-23 LOC npcc.07837 (cropped).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1923
Preceded byWalter Lafferty
Succeeded byElton Watkins
24th Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byFrank Davey
John P. Rusk
Succeeded byJohn P. Rusk
Ben Selling
Personal details
Born(1879-06-10)June 10, 1879
The Dalles, Oregon
DiedDecember 9, 1923(1923-12-09) (aged 44)
Portland, Oregon
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lucille Smith

Early lifeEdit

McArthur was born in The Dalles, Oregon on June 10, 1879.[1] He was the eldest son of Lewis Linn McArthur, who served on the Oregon Supreme Court, and his wife, the former Harriet K. Nesmith.[2] Clifton's only brother was Lewis A. McArthur, who would write the first edition of the Oregon Geographic Names.[2] Clifton attended the public schools at Rickreall, and the Bishop Scott Academy in Portland. In 1901 he graduated from the University of Oregon.[1]

After college he worked as a reporter for the Morning Oregonian from 1901 to 1903. McArthur then engaged in agricultural pursuits near Rickreall from 1903 to 1906 and studied the law in order to become a lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1906 and commenced practice in Portland.[1] On June 25, 1913, he married Lucille Smith, and they would not have any children.[2]

Political careerEdit

In 1908, McArthur served as secretary of the Republican State central committee. Then from 1908 until 1911 he was secretary to Oregon Governor Frank W. Benson.[1] During part of this time he was elected to serve in the State house of representatives in 1909 and 1913 as a Republican representing Multnomah County.[3] McArthur served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives in 1909 and 1913.[4]

Clifton McArthur was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1915 until March 3, 1923.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress.

Later lifeEdit

McArthur resumed the practice of his profession and his former business activities in Portland, Oregon, where he died December 9, 1923, following what was described as a "supposedly routine sinus operation".[5] He remains were cremated and the ashes deposited in the vaults of the Portland Cremation Association.[1]


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter Lafferty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1923
Succeeded by
Elton Watkins