William Elsworth Clapham


William Elsworth Clapham



William Elsworth Clapham was born on June 2, 1862 in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Indiana State Normal School (now Indiana State University) in 1889. He then attended Indiana University, receiving his A.B. in 1894 and his LL.B. in 1896. He practiced law in Fort Wayne and was a lecturer on Medical Jurisprudence at the Fort Wayne College of Medicine and Surgery from 1895 to 1898. He then joined the faculty of the Indiana University, Bloomington School of Law, serving until 1904. He then returned to Fort Wayne to resume his law practice.

William Clapham died in Fort Wayne, Indiana on May 5, 1941. The Allen County Bar Association stated that Mr. Clapham was “a profound lawyer” to whom “the Bill of Rights was more than an expression of an ideal—it was a code of ethics and a way of life which he always stood ready to defend and preserve with all his energy.” He was buried in the Old Monticello Cemetery, Monticello, White County, Indiana.


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