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Clyde Edsel Herring Papers

Identifier: MsC0310

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Clyde E. Herring consist of four boxes of manuscripts dating from 1959 to 1964, which document his service on the Interstate Commerce Commission. The four linear feet of materials are arranged (for the most part) chronologically. Subject files and carbons of outgoing letters make up the collection. These files reflect both personal events such as his first swearing in ceremony as well as commerce commission business. The business files include topics ranging from the Railroad Transportation Institute to the Iowa Motor Truck Association or from the American Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association to the Intercoastal Lumber Association. Many of his speeches and addresses are also included in the papers.


  • Creation: 1959-1964


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Clyde Edsel Herring (1915 -- 1976) was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of former Governor and U.S. Senator Clyde L. and Pearl S. Herring. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1937 and his law degree from Drake University in 1940. He was admitted to the Iowa Bar that same year. A reserve officer since 1937, he was accepted into active duty in 1941. He served as with the 168th Infantry, 34th Division in the European Theater of Operations during W.W.II. In 1943 he was taken as a prisoner in Tunisia and spent until May, 1945 in Prisoner of War camps in Europe.

Returning to Iowa after the war he entered into a private law practice in Des Moines. In 1947 he was appointed Assistant County Attorney for Polk County. He resigned this post in 1949 to become a district supervisor for the U.S. Bureau of the Census. In 1950, he was elected County Attorney for Polk County. In 1954, he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor. He was a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National convention. Herring was appointed to the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1959, by President Eisenhower. He served on the Division of Operating Rights and the Division of Rates and Practices. He remained there until 1964 when he was succeeded by Virginia Mae Brown. After leaving government service, Mr. Herring opened his own law firm in Washington, D.C. Clyde E. Herring died of a heart attack at the age of sixty-one.


3.50 Linear Feet

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Lawyer and member of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Correspondence, subject files, speeches, etc. all relating to his service with the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Method of Acquisition

Mr. Herring gave his papers to the University of Iowa in 1974.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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