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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.



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