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HAM, Clifford Dudley III

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HAM, Clifford Dudley III. (Detroit, MI, Jan. 2, 1861--Akron, OH, Jan. 10, 1950). The son of Moses M. Ham, Clifford moved with his family to Dubuque in 1870s. He began work as a printer's apprentice and typesetter and later graduated from Yale in 1883. He served as the secretary to the governor of Iowa in the early 1890s. During the Spanish-American War, he was a lieutenant colonel in the 49th Iowa Volunteers.

In 1898 Ham returned to Dubuque where he served as the editor of the Dubuque Herald. In 1903 he was appointed a customs collector and a surveyor for the Port of Manila in the Philippines. In 1911 he was collector general of customs and fiscal agent for bonded loans in Nicaragua. While there, Ham wrote a new tariff law and codified maritime law. He has also been credited with drawing the first accurate map of the republic.

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"Former Editor Here Dies at 89," Telegraph Herald, January 10, 1950, p. 16