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Charles Russell Clason (September 3, 1890 – July 7, 1985) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusettsmarker and an attorney. Clason was born in Gardiner, Mainemarker. He attended Bates Collegemarker, and received his law degree from Georgetown Universitymarker. Clason went on to Oxford Universitymarker as a Rhodes Scholar.

He worked for the Interstate Commerce Commission and the United States Department of Education in 1913 and 1914. He served as a sergeant major in the Coast Artillery in the Army in World War I. He was a member of the Commission for the Relief of Belgium in 1914 and 1915 and was decorated with the Medaille du Roi Albert.

Clason was a law instructor at Northeastern Universitymarker's Springfield, Massachusettsmarker campus from 1920 to 1937. During this time, he served as assistant district attorney of the western district of Massachusetts (1922-1926) and then district attorney (1927-1930).

He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1936, and served six consecutive terms. After he lost the 1948 election to Foster Furcolo, Clason became dean of the Western New England College School of Law, located in Springfield, Massachusettsmarker.

In 1988, the Western New England College School of Law honored Clason by naming a speaker series in his honor. The Clason Speaker Series provided a venue for 4-5 legal experts each year to present works-in-progress on current legal topics through lectures.


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