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Louis Gary Clemente (June 10, 1908 – May 13, 1968), usually known as L. Gary Clemente, was a United States Representative from New York.

L. Gary Clemente
L. Gary Clemente, New York Congressman.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byGregory McMahon
Succeeded byHenry J. Latham
Member of the New York City Council
In office
Personal details
Born(1908-06-10)June 10, 1908
New York City, New York
DiedMay 13, 1968(1968-05-13) (aged 59)
Jamaica, Queens, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materGeorgetown Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1941–1946
RankArmy-USA-OF-04.svg Lieutenant colonel


Born in New York City, he attended St. Ann's Academy in Manhattan and LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale. He received a Reserve officer's certificate at Plattsburgh in 1925 and a Reserve commission in 1929.

In 1931 he graduated from Georgetown Law School, and was admitted to the District of Columbia bar. Clemente practiced in Washington, D.C. and in New York.

Clemente entered the United States Army as a second lieutenant in 1941 and served until released from active duty as a lieutenant colonel in 1946. He was a member of the New York City Council from 1946 to 1949.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1953. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress.

After leaving Congress Clemente was executive vice president of Unexcelled Chemical Corp., Ohio Bronze Corp., Premier Chemical Corp., and Modene Paint Corp.

He died in Jamaica, New York; interment was in St. John's Cemetery, Flushing.


  • United States Congress. "L. Gary Clemente (id: C000504)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-03-20
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gregory McMahon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry J. Latham