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Morton David Clifford. In 1885 he was united in marriage to Edith Hazeltine, daughter of G.I. Hazeltine. They were the parents of: Harold who was a practicing attorney in Baker; and daughter Erma. M. D. Clifford was born in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, on May 24, 1859, the son of Harmon and Jane (Mahon), the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Ireland. The father was killed in battle in the Civil War. The mother afterwards came to Grant county, Oregon, in 1870 with her son, their only child. Until the age of twenty-five, he was in the livestock business and then studied law in the office of Hill & Mays at The Dalles, continuing with that firm until he was admitted to the bar in October 1882. He then went to Canyon City and served as deputy sheriff for one year. In he was elected district attorney on the Democratic ticked for the sixth judicial district which comprised Grant, Baker, Union and Umatilla counties. In 1886 he was re-elected and in July 1888, upon retirement of that position, he was owner of a law office at Canyon City where he continued to practice law. In January1890 he was appointed by Governor Sylvester Pennoyer to the position of circuit judge of the sixth district and served under appointment until June when he was elected to fill out the unexpired term of deceased Judge Luther B. Ison. He was elected again in 1892 for the full six year term and re-elected again in 1898, serving a total of 14 years in that position. Upon his retirement from the bench, he entered into private practice in Baker City joining the firm of Butcher & Correll, and remained in that firm until the death of Butcher, when the firm was then continued as Clifford & Correll. M. D. Clifford died on his birthday, May 24, 1941.
Gallery #5 PEOPLE, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS, CHURCHES -Clifford, Morton David, Circuit Court Judge, 1859-1941.
Morton David Clifford.

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