Gordon S. Clinton papers and oral history interviews, 1953-1994  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Clinton, Gordon S. (Gordon Stanley), 1920-2011
Title
Gordon S. Clinton papers and oral history interviews
Dates
1953-1994 (inclusive)
Quantity
78 cubic feet (52 boxes plus 2 sound cassettes)
Collection Number
0452
Summary
Correspondence, interviews, and other files related to Gordon S. Clinton during his time as mayor of Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Some records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lawyer, judge, and Seattle mayor Gordon Stanley Clinton was born in Alberta, Canada on April 13, 1920, to parents Gladys M. Hall and John Henry Clinton. The family moved to Seattle around 1921. The Clintons struggled during the Great Depression, and when John Henry Clinton died of a heart attack in 1935, Gladys and the Clinton children moved to the Theodora Home, a shelter for homeless women and children in the Ravenna neighborhood.

Gordon Clinton graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1937. While at Roosevelt, he was an honor roll student and was involved with the Hi-Y community service organization, the Rough Riders athletic honorary, the senior class publicity committee, and theater. He also worked odd jobs and was a Boy Scout, eventually reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. Between 1946 and 1962, Clinton was either a scoutmaster or assistant scoutmaster of his former troop. Following his high school graduation, Clinton enrolled at the University of Washington, during which time he also worked as a clerk for the Washington State Dairy Council and then as a night clerk at the Seattle office of the FBI. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1942, and then began at the University of Washington law school that same year.

Clinton's career with the FBI continued while he was in law school until June 1944, when he enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II. After the war, he returned to school and also worked at the office of King County Prosecuting Attorney. Clinton continued to work in that office as a deputy prosecutor following his graduation in 1947.

Clinton resigned from the prosecutor's office in 1949 and began a private practice. He was also appointed a municipal judge. In March 1956, he was elected mayor of Seattle, a position he would hold until 1964.

During his time as mayor, Clinton worked to create the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (Metro), the Puget Sound Regional Transportation Study, and an urban renewal agency. He also established a Sister City in Kobe, Japan and saw Seattle host the 1962 World's Fair. Following his tenure, Clinton returned to law and served as the legal representative for the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle from 1964 to 1974.

Throughout his career, Clinton was active in many different organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Seattle's First Methodist Church, the YMCA, the Municipal League, the Council of Churches, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Japan-America Society.

Clinton married Florence Vayhinger on December 19, 1942. They had three children: Barbara, Gordon Jr., and Deborah. Gordon Clinton died on November 19, 2011.

Source: http://www.historylink.org/File/10000

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, oral history interviews, and other files concerning Gordon Clinton's terms as mayor of Seattle.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 0452-001: Gordon S. Clinton papers, 1953-1964Return to Top

78 linear feet (52 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence and other files concerning his terms as mayor of Seattle.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Gordon Clinton, 1964-03-01 and 1965-01

Description
Gordon S. Clinton papers

Accession No. 0452-002: Oral history interviews with Gordon S. Clinton, 1994Return to Top

2 sound cassettes

Scope and Content: 2 sound cassettes of oral history interviews with Gordon Clinton, conducted by George Scott in September 1994.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: George Scott, 1994-10-27

Description
Oral history interviews with Gordon S. Clinton

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Airlines--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Express highways--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Mayors--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Politics, Practical--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Urban renewal--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Clinton, Gordon S. (Gordon Stanley), 1920-2011--Archives
  • Clinton, Gordon S. (Gordon Stanley), 1920-2011--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Municipal Association
  • Seattle (Wash.). Comptroller's Office
  • Seattle (Wash.). Department of Health
  • Seattle (Wash.). Department of Transportation
  • Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Department
  • Seattle (Wash.). Fire Department
  • Seattle (Wash.). Police Department
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Personal correspondence

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)