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Clarence Cleveland Dill (September 21, 1884 – January 14, 1978) was an American politician from the state of Washington. He was a Democrat.

Dill was born in Knox County, Ohio. As a young man he was a teacher, and moved to Spokane, Washington in 1908. He became a lawyer in 1910, and soon entered politics. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives for two terms, from 1915 to 1919, and was defeated for reelection. He was a member of the United States Senate from Washington for two terms, from 1923 to 1935 and did not run for reelection. In the Senate, Dill was the chief sponsor of both the 1927 Radio Act and the 1934 Communications Act. He ran for governor of Washington in 1940 but was defeated by Republican Arthur B. Langlie. His last attempt at elective office was in 1942 when he ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives. Dill then served as a member of the Columbia Basin Commission from 1945 to 1948, and as a special assistant to the United States Attorney General from 1946 to 1953. In between all of these jobs, he usually practiced law. He died in Spokane. He was the last living Senator from before the Great Depression.

Electoral history

  • 1914 Congress 5
    • C C Dill (D), 24,410
    • Harry Rosenhaupt (R), 20,063
    • Thomas Corkery (Prog), 15,509
    • J O Harkness (S), 4,502
    • F H Flanders (Proh), 2,270
  • 1916 Congress 5
    • C C Dill (D), 37,479
    • Thomas Corkery (R), 32,298
    • John M Powers (S), 2,952
  • 1918 Congress 5
  • 1922 US Senate
    • C C Clarence Dill (D), 130,375
    • Miles Poindexter (R), 126,556
    • James Duncan (FL), 35,352
    • David Burgess (SL), 1,905
    • Frans Bostrom (Com), 489
  • 1928 US Senate
    • C C Clarence Dill (D), 261,524
    • Kenneth Mackintosh (R), 227,415
    • Alex Noral (Com), 666
  • 1940 Governor
  • 1942 Congress 5

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jacob Falconer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 5th congressional district

1915–1919
Succeeded by
J. Stanley Webster
United States Senate
Preceded by
Miles Poindexter
United States Senator (Class 1) from Washington
1923–1935
Served alongside: Wesley Jones, Elijah Grammer, Homer Bone
Succeeded by
Lewis Schwellenbach
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Heiskell
Most Senior Living U.S. Senator
(Sitting or Former)

December 28, 1972 - January 14, 1978
Succeeded by
F. Ryan Duffy
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