Percival W. Clement

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Percival W. Clement
Official Vermont State House portrait
painted in 1944 by John Christen Johansen
57th Governor of Vermont
In office
January 9, 1919 – January 6, 1921
Lieutenant Mason S. Stone
Preceded by Horace F. Graham
Succeeded by James Hartness
Member of the Vermont Senate
In office
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1846-07-07)July 7, 1846
Rutland, Vermont
Died January 9, 1927(1927-01-09) (aged 80)
Rutland, Vermont
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maria H. Goodwin Clement
Alma mater Trinity College
Profession Politician

Percival Wood Clement (July 7, 1846 – January 9, 1927) was an American politician who served as the 57th Governor of the U.S. state of Vermont from 1919 to 1921.


Clement was born on July 7, 1846 in Rutland, Vermont, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Wood) Clement. He was educated at Rutland High School and St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. Clement graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.[1]

He married Maria H. Goodwin in 1868 and they had nine children.


Clement worked as a clerk in the business office of Clement and Sons Marble, the family business and a prominent company in Rutland County. He became a partner in 1871.[2] He was also president of the Clement National Bank and the Rutland Board of Trade, and an owner of numerous railroad interests.

A Republican, Clement served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1892 to 1893, and helped secure the charter for Rutland City to incorporate separately from Rutland Town. He served as Mayor of Rutland City from 1897 to 1898, and was succeeded by William Y. W. Ripley. Clement served in the Vermont Senate from 1900 to 1901, and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1902 and 1906, in the latter year as a Democrat.

From 1911 to 1912 Clement served again as Rutland's Mayor. In 1912 he was chairman of the New England Railroad Conference Commission. The following year he served on the Vermont Educational Commission, and in 1917 he was a member of the executive committee of the Vermont Committee of Public Safety.

Elected in 1918, Clement served as Governor of Vermont from January 9, 1919 to January 6, 1921. During his term, the state legislature appropriated one million dollars to pay military draftees. He opposed women's suffrage and Prohibition, but Vermont ratified the Prohibition Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Clement also pardoned his predecessor as governor, Horace F. Graham, who had been convicted of embezzlement while serving as State Auditor.[3] When his term of office ended, he returned to his business affairs.


Clement died in Rutland on January 9, 1927 and is interred at Rutland's Evergreen Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "Percival W. Clement". National Governors Association. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Percival W. Clement. the Vermont a state magazine. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Newspaper article, "Gov. Clement Gives Graham Full Pardon", Boston Daily Globe, November 5, 1920
  4. ^ "Percival W. Clement". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Horace F. Graham
Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
James Hartness