Clarence W. Turner

Clarence Wyly Turner ( born October 22, 1866 Clydeton, Humphreys County, Tennessee; † 23 March 1939 Washington DC ) was an American politician. From 1922 to 1923, and again between 1933 and 1939, he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Clarence Turner attended the public schools of his home and then the National Normal Institute in Lebanon (Ohio ). After a subsequent law studies at the Northern Indiana Normal College at Valparaiso and its made ​​in 1904 admitted to the bar he began in Waverly to work in his new profession. In this city he also edited a newspaper.

Politically, Turner was a member of the Democratic Party. Away More than 15 years he was the chairman of the Humphrey County. In the years 1900 and 1901 and 1909-1912 he was in the Senate from Tennessee. 1920 Turner was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, was nominated for the James M. Cox as their presidential candidate. In the same year he was elected mayor of Waverly; He also acted as legal representative of the city. After the death of Mr Lemuel P. Padgett Turner was elected as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington at the due election for the seventh seat of Tennessee, where he took up his new mandate on November 7, 1922. Since he did not run in the regular congressional elections of 1922, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1923.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Turner returned to Waverly, where he was active in the banking industry and in agriculture. From 1924 to 1933 he was district judge in Humphrey County. In the congressional elections of 1932 he was elected to Congress again in the sixth constituency of Tennessee, where he became the successor of Joseph W. Byrns on March 4, 1933. After three re- elections he could until his death on March 23, 1939 remain in Washington. At this time there most of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Right after Turner took office in 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was approved in Congress, by the 18th Amendment was repealed in 1919 again. It was about the unworkable in practice Prohibition Act.

Clarence Turner was buried in the Marable Cemetery in Waverly.