Walter Chandler

Walter " Clift " Chandler ( born October 5, 1887 in Jackson, Tennessee, † October 1, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1935 and 1940 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Walter Chandler attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and its made ​​in 1909 admitted to the bar he began in Memphis to work in his new profession. In 1916 he was deputy district attorney. During the First World War, Chandler served 1917-1919 as a captain of an artillery unit of the U.S. Army in Europe. Politically, Chandler was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1917 he was still sitting in front of his military service as a Member of the House of Representatives from Tennessee. Between 1921 and 1923 he was a member of the State Senate. In the years 1928 to 1934 Chandler was urban lawyer in Memphis. 1940 and 1944, he participated as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, on each of which the incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for re-election.

In the congressional elections of 1934, Chandler was in the ninth constituency of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of E. H. Crump on 3 January 1935. After two re- elections he could remain until his resignation on 2 January 1940 at the Congress. During this time, many of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government there have been adopted. Chandler's resignation came after he had been elected as the successor of Joseph Patrick Boyle for Mayor of Memphis. This post he held until 1946; then again, he practiced as a lawyer. In 1953, he was temporarily President of the Assembly to revise the Constitution of Tennessee. In 1955 he served again as mayor of Memphis. In this city he has also died on 1 October 1967. His son was Wyeth 1972-1982 also mayor of Memphis.