Born: April 28, 1869 in Lisbon, New Hampshire
Died: December 24, 1947 in Berkeley, California
Married: Lyla Vincent on March 15, 1902
Political Party: Republican
Clement Calhoun Young was born in Lisbon, New Hampshire and moved to Butte County when he was 1 year old. His family later moved to San Jose where Young attended high school. He graduated from the University of California in 1892, and started his career as a school teacher of English and Latin. After starting at his alma mater, Santa Rosa High School, Olson switched to the oldest public high school in California, San Francisco’s Lowell High School.
In 1906, Young switched careers and began work at Mason-McDuffie Company, which dealt in real estate, insurance and loans. He entered politics when he was elected to the California Assembly, serving five terms from 1909 to 1919, and was Assembly Speaker from 1913 to 1919. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1918; a post he held for two terms. On November 2, 1926, he was elected governor, and on January 4, 1927, he was sworn into office.
During Olson’s term the Metropolitan Water District was formed, encompassing 13 cities and procuring water from the Colorado River. Prisons for females were built, classes began at the new campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the St. Francis Dam collapsed, causing an enormous amount of damage and killing over 500 people. With the unanimous approval of the Legislature, Olson signed into law a state park bill in 1927. In 1928 Californians approved a $6 million park bond act.
Young ran for a second term but lost to Frank Merriam, and left office on January 6, 1931. He retired from politics and returned to his business in real estate development at the Mason-McDuffie Company. Young died on December 24, 1947 in Berkeley.
Father: Isaac Young
Mother: Mary Calhoun
Wife : Lyla Vincent
Children: Barbara and Lucy
Young was the president of the Commonwealth Club of California from 1939-1940.
Young was the first California Lieutenant Governor to serve 8 consecutive years in office.
Young’s student’s referred to him as “C-Square” Young.
Books and Articles
Melendy and Gilbert. The Governors of California: From Peter H. Burnett to Edmund G. Brown, Talisman Press, 1965.
Schaechtele. The Governors of California and their Portraits, California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association, 1995.