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CLARENCE ANDREW CANNON was born in Elsberry, Lincoln County, Mo., April 11, 1879; was graduated from La Grange Junior College, Hannibal, Mo., in 1901, from William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo., in 1903, and from the Law Department of the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1908; professor of history, Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., 1904 1908; was admitted to the bar in 1908 and commenced the practice of law in Troy, Mo.; in 1911 became a clerk in the office of the Speaker of the House; Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives in the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses, 1915–1920; parliamentarian of the Democratic National Conventions, 1920–1960; author of "A Synopsis of the Procedure of the House (1918)," "Procedure in the House of Representatives (1920)," and “Cannon's Procedure (1928)," subsequent editions of the latter being published periodically by resolutions of the House until 1963; editor and compiler of "Precedents of the House of Representatives" by act of Congress; regent of the Smithsonian Institution, 1935–1964; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtyeighth and to the twenty succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his death; died in Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., May 12, 1964; interment in Elsberry City Cemetery, Elsberry, Mo.

in the House of Representatives

Proceedings in the House

TUESDAY, May 12, 1964. The Chaplain, Rev. Bernard Braskamp, D.D., offered the following prayer:

Romans 15: 33: Now the God of peace be with you all.

Almighty God, as we address ourselves daily to the difficult task and heavy responsibility of building a better world, may we be blessed with the guidance of Thy divine spirit.

Show us how we may encourage the hearts of our leaders and chosen representatives who are striving to achieve for our beloved country and all mankind a nobler and happier way of life.

Grant that selfishness and self-interest may never impede the progress of the spirit of friendship and brotherhood which Thou hast ordained as the natural and normal feeling in the sphere of human relationships.

Inspire us with those dynamic and victorious virtues of goodness and love and may we seek to leave behind all antipathies and antagonisms which still play such havoc with lofty aspirations for peace and good will.

We thank Thee for the life and many years of faithful ministry of one of our colleagues who now dwells with Thee in eternal blessedness. Grant unto the members of his bereaved family the consolation of Thy grace.

Hear us in the name of our blessed Lord. Amen.

Mr. KARSTEN. Mr. Speaker, it is with great sadness and heartfelt sorrow that I inform the House that our beloved colleague, CLARENCE CANNON, passed away at 4 o'clock this morning at the Washington Hospital Center.

His death takes from our midst a great American, an outstanding legislator, and one of the most eminent parliamentary authorities in the world. CLARENCE CONNON'S superior parliamentary and legislative skills were without equal. His

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