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Clifford B. Paul
Born June 9, 1877

Clifford B. Paul, junior partner of the law firm of Miller & Paul, at Anamosa, is now making steady progress in the profession of law, while in former years he was closely and helpfully associated with the educational advancement of the county. His birth occurred in Onslow, this county, June 9, 1877, and he has therefore not yet reached the zenith of his powers, for he has not completed one-third of a century since starting on life's journey. His parents were John T. and Isabella (Wherry) Paul, both of whom were natives of Ohio. In the year 1854 they came to Iowa, casting in their lot with the early settlers of Jones county.
Reared under the parental roof Clifford B. Paul pursued his education in the schools of Wyoming until he had completed the high-school course. He was afterward graduated from Lenox College with the class of 1898 and displayed considerable literary merit as editor of the college paper. He made his initial step along professional lines as a teacher in the public schools of Coggon, Linn county, and the following year was elected county superintendent of schools, which office he filled for seven years, during which period the cause of public education was greatly stimulated by the zeal and energy which he displayed in discharging the duties of his position. He held to high ideals and worked earnestly and effectively for the improvement of the schools. He was also an active member of the Iowa Teachers' Association and was regarded as a prominent representative of educational interests in the state. During this period he also, took an active part in politics, becoming recognized as one of the leaders of the republican party in his district, and in 1906 he was elected a representative to the Thirty-second general assembly. As a member of that body he gave earnest and. thoughtful consideration to each question which came up for settlement and supported such measures as he believed would prove helpful to the entire community. While still filling the position of county superintendent he took up the study of law and was admitted to practice before the bar of the state in 1908. In January, 1909, he entered actively upon the work of the profession as a partner of Judge Miller, under the firm style of Miller & Paul. His laudable ambition, his studious habits and his association with one of the foremost members of the Jones county bar argues well for a successful future.
Mr. Paul is widely known and popular in Jones county, where he is identified with various lines of activity. He is a member of the honorary law fraternity of Phi Delta Phi and of the college fraternity of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, belongs to the Masonic lodge of Anamosa and to various branches of Masonry, including the Mystic Shrine, while his political allegiance has been manifest in the stalwart support which he has given the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 19-20.

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