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Clifford Ross Powell

Clifford Ross Powell (July 26, 1893 – March 30, 1973) was an American Republican Party acting governor of New Jersey from January 3, 1935 to January 8, 1935.[1]

Biography

He was born in Lumberton Township, New Jersey on July 26, 1893.[1] He was educated at Mount Holly High School, studied law, and attained admission to the bar. Powell practiced in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, and served as an Assistant County Prosecutor for Burlington County and the city or town attorney for several Burlington County municipalities.[2]

Powell enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard, and advanced to the rank of Sergeant. He served in the United States Army during World War I, receiving a commission in the Aviation branch. During the war he was wounded, credited with shooting down two German planes, and received the Croix de Guerre twice.[3] In 1941 he was promoted to Major General in the New Jersey National Guard as commander of the 44th Infantry Division.[4][5] Powell was relieved of his division command after maneuvers in North and South Carolina, and continued to serve in New Jersey until he retired from the military in 1948.[6][7][8][9]

In 1922 he was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly. He was Majority Leader in 1924, and served as Speaker in 1925.[10][11][12]

He was a member of the New Jersey Senate from Burlington County, New Jersey from 1928 to 1939. He served as acting governor for the last five days of his tenure as President of the New Jersey Senate, after A. Harry Moore resigned to take a seat in the United States Senate.[13] In his brief time as Acting Governor, he took the opportunity to abolish the New Jersey State Recovery Administration, the state-level counterpart of the National Recovery Administration, which had been establishing minimum prices and other "fair competition" codes.[14] He ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1937.[15][16][17]

He died on March 30, 1973 in Burlington County Memorial Hospital.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harry G. Eaton
Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
1925
Succeeded by
Ralph W. Chandless
Preceded by
Emerson L. Richards
President of the New Jersey Senate
1934
Succeeded by
Horace Griggs Prall
Preceded by
A. Harry Moore
Governor of New Jersey
1935 (acting)
Succeeded by
Horace Griggs Prall
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