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This Day in Georgia History

June 18, 1917

Judson Clements Died

Politician and lawyer Judson Clements died in Washington, D.C. Born in northwest Georgia’s Walker County in 1846, Clements served in both the Georgia House and Senate before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1880. Here he served for ten years, his expertise and interest mainly in transportation. Clements was influential in creating the legislation leading to creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission. After retiring from Congress, Clements acted as U.S. attorney in acquiring the lands which became Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. In 1892 he was appointed to the Interstate Commerce Commission, where his knowledge of railroad transportation proved invaluable. He served on the commission for 25 years, retiring just three months before his death.