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Newton Nash Clements

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Newton Nash Clements
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th district
In office
December 8, 1880 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byBurwell Boykin Lewis
Succeeded byGoldsmith W. Hewitt
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
1870-1872, 1874-1878, 1886-1896
Personal details
Newton Nash Clements

(1837-12-23)December 23, 1837
Elyton, Alabama, US
DiedFebruary 20, 1900(1900-02-20) (aged 62)
Birmingham, Alabama, US
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseLaura Garnett McMichael
Alma materUniversity of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Military service
AllegianceConfederate States of America
Branch/serviceConfederate States Army
Years of service1861–1865
Unit50th Alabama Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Newton Nash Clements (December 23, 1837 – February 20, 1900) was a Colonel in the Confederate States Army and U.S. Representative from Alabama.


Born in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, to Hardy Clements and Maria Pegues Clements, Clements was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1858.[1] During his time at the university, he became the first pledge member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Clements entered Harvard University in 1859 and studied law but never practiced.[2]

During the Civil War, Clements entered the Confederate States Army as a captain in the 26th Alabama Infantry Regiment, later redesignated as the 50th Alabama Infantry Regiment. He was successively promoted to the ranks of major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel.[2]

He served as member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1870 to 1872 and 1874 to 1878, serving as speaker in the years, 1876, 1877, and 1878. Clements was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Burwell B. Lewis and served from December 8, 1880, to March 3, 1881. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination in 1880.[2] Clements was re-elected to the Alabama House in 1886, 1888, and 1890, and was again named speaker until 1896.[1]

Clements was largely interested in planting and cotton manufactures. He died in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February 20, 1900. Clements was interred at Evergreen Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ a b Trimpi, Helen P (2010). Crimson Confederates. University of Tennessee Press. p. 40.
  2. ^ a b c d "Clements, Newton Nash". United States Congress. Retrieved 23 December 2017.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by