Clarence Frederick Lea
Lea in 1940
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 1st district
March 4, 1917 – January 3, 1949
|Preceded by||William Kent|
|Succeeded by||Hubert Baxter Scudder|
|Born||July 11, 1874|
Highland Springs, California
|Died||June 20, 1964 (aged 89)|
Santa Rosa, California
University of Denver
He was born near Highland Springs, California, in southwestern Lake County on July 11, 1874. Lea attended Lakeport Academy in Lakeport, and Stanford University. He obtained a degree in law from the University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado, in 1898. Lea was admitted to the bar the same year and began practicing in Santa Rosa, California. He served as district attorney of Sonoma County, 1907–1917, and as president of the District Attorney's Association of California in 1916 and 1917.
He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917 – January 3, 1949). Lea served as chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Seventy-fifth through Seventy-ninth Congresses). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1948. Lea engaged in public relations work in Washington, D.C. from 1949 to 1954.
He is known for having led the group of congressmen who passed the resolution calling for the Internment of Italian Americans, Internment of Japanese Americans and Internment of German Americans during World War II.
- United States Congress. "Clarence F. Lea (id: L000163)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district
Hubert B. Scudder
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