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many contributions to the functions of the House of Representatives will endure as a permanent part of our system of government. Teacher, lawyer, author, parliamentarian, statesman, and Congressman extraordinary describe CLARENCE CANNON. His great and good works will live in the history of our country and in the hearts of those of us who were privileged to know him.
He was a modest man, yet all of us in the House know the heavy burden he bore as chairman of the great Committee on Appropriations. His capacity for work was unlimited, and he completely dedicated his life to the service of his district, his State, and his country. We shall look long before we find another man of his devotion to duty, another man who contributed more of himself to his assigned role in life.
CLARENCE CANNON was born in Elsberry, Mo., April 11, 1879. He was graduated from La Grange Junior College in 1901, from William Jewell College in 1903, and from the Law Department of the University of Missouri in 1908.
From 1904 until 1908, he served as professor of history at Stephens College and, thereafter, upon being admitted to the Federal and State bars, entered the practice of law at Troy, Mo.
During the 64th, 65th, and 66th Congresses, he served as Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives. From 1920 until 1960, he was parliamentarian of the Democratic National Conventions. He was the author of: "A Synopsis of the Procedure of the House"; "Cannon's Procedure in the House of Representatives"; "Cannon's Procedure"; "Convention Parliamentary Manual” as well as numerous treatises on parliamentary law; and was editor and compiler of "Precedents of the House of Representatives."
CLARENCE CANNON was first elected to the 68th Congress, March 3, 1923. He has served longer in the Congress than any other man in the history of the State of Missouri. He also established another record by serving as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations longer than any other man in the history of our Nation.
Though CLARENCE CANNON is gone, the outstanding service he rendered to his country will long stand as a monument to his name.
His lifelong inspiration was his charming and gracious wife, Ida, who like her illustrious husband has the touch of greatness. She was his guiding star. I know all of the Members of the House join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to her and the other members of the family in their great sorrow.
Mr. Speaker, this is in the nature of a statement rather than a eulogy. I announce that a week from Thursday we shall have eulogies for our departed dear friend.
Mr. Speaker, I offer a resolution, which I send to the Clerk's desk, and I ask for its immediate consideration.
The Clerk read the resolution, as follows:
H. RES. 718
Resolved, That the House has heard with profound sorrow of the death of the Honorable CLARENCE CANNON, a Representative from the State of Missouri.
Resolved, That a committee of forty-three Members of the House, with such Members of the Senate as may be joined, be appointed to attend the funeral.
Resolved, That the Sergeant at Arms of the House be authorized and directed to take such steps as may be necessary for carrying out the provisions of these resolutions and that the necessary expenses in connection therewith be paid out of the contingent fund of the House.
Resolved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the Senate and transmit a copy thereof to the family of the deceased. The resolution was agreed to.
The SPEAKER. The Chair appoints as members of the funeral committee to attend the funeral of our late beloved colleague the following Members on the part of the House: Mr. Karsten, Mr. Mahon, Mr. Kirwan, Mr. Jensen, Mr. Whitten, Mr. Horan, Mr. Rooney of New York, Mr. Fogarty, Mr. Sikes, Mr. Gary, Mr. Evins, Mr. Passman, Mr. Jones of Missouri, Mr. Boland, Mr. Bolling, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Lesinski, Mr. Laird, Mr. Pillion, Mrs. Sullivan, Mr. Natcher, Mr. Flynt, Mr. Flood, Mr. Denton, Mr. Hull, Mr. Minshall, Mr. McFall,
Mr. Michel, Mr. Montoya, Mr. Conte, Mr. Langen, Mr. Milliken, Mr. Shipley, Mr. Slack, Mr. Smith of Iowa, Mr. Randall, Mrs. Hansen, Mr. Wilson of Indiana, Mr. Addabbo, Mr. Finnegan, Mr. Hall, Mr. Joelson, and Mr. Ichord.
The Clerk will report the remainder of
The Clerk read as follows:
Resolved, That as a further mark of respect the House do now adjourn.
The resolution was agreed to.
Accordingly (at 12 o'clock and 11 minutes p.m.) the House adjourned until tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, 1964, at 12 o'clock noon.
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 1964.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Arrington, one of its clerks, announced that the Senate had passed a resolution, as follows:
S. RES. 328
Resolved, That the Senate has heard with profound sorrow the announcement of the death of Honorable CLARENCE CANNON, late a Representative from the State of Missouri.
Resolved, That a committee of two Senators be appointed by the Presiding Officer to join the committee appointed on the part of the House of Representatives to attend the funeral of the deceased Representative.
Resolved, That the Secretary communicate these resolutions to the House of Representatives and transmit an enrolled copy thereof to the family of the deceased.
Resolved, That as a further mark of respect to the late Representative, the Senate take a recess until 10 o'clock a.m. tomorrow.
The message also announced that the Presiding Officer, pursuant to Senate Resolution 328, had appointed Mr. Symington and Mr. Long of Missouri to join the committee appointed on the part of the House of Representatives to attend the funeral of the Honorable CLARENCE CANNON, late a Representative from the State of Missouri.
Remarks by Representative Karsten
Mr. Speaker, in the history of our Nation, few Members have left a greater imprint upon the House of Representatives than the man whose memory we honor today, our beloved colleague, the Honorable CLARENCE CANNON.
His service in the House covered one of the most important periods in American history. In those years, our Nation and the Congress have faced the most critical problems, and CLARENCE CANNON had a large part in their solution.
His career was typically American. The late Speaker, Champ Clark, persuaded him to come to Washington to work as a clerk in the Speaker's office in 1911. A few years later, he was elected House Parliamentarian and held that office under both Democratic and Republican administrations, until he was elected to the House in 1922. He never lost a subsequent election, and generally led every other national and State candidate on the ballot.
He was one of the world's leading authorities on parliamentary procedure and Members of this House, for generations to come, will be the beneficiaries of the legacy of parliamentary law he left us.
But this was not the only sphere of CLARENCE CANNON'S influence in the House. During his service as chairman of the great Committee on Appropriations it is estimated that he presided over appropriation bills totaling more than a trillion dollars. He had a profound knowledge of the fiscal problems of our great country, and year after year he meticulously studied and examined practically every detail of the entire Federal budget. All of us know how he fought waste and extravagance and his effectiveness in these fields.
The people of the Ninth Congressional District of Missouri knew CLARENCE CANNON as a great and powerful man, but they also knew him as a friend. People of high and low esteem loved and respected him. His personal correspondence was among the heaviest of any Member of the House. Through the years, thousands came to him with their problems, their hopes, and their fears. No request was too small or unimportant. He never turned a single one away. In his home district, his name is legend. He faithfully served the people he represented, and they will long remember him, not only as an outstanding Congressman, but as a friend.
It was my privilege to know CLARENCE CANNON for almost 30 years and a kind of special bond always existed between us because we both began our service in Washington as employees of the House. I shall never forget his many kindnesses to me. He was a true friend, and I am grateful for our long friendship.
His passing is a matter of sadness not only to those of us who served with him, but also to his devoted wife, his family, and his host of friends. Perhaps our feelings on this occasion can best be summed up in the lines of the Poet Laureate Mattie Richards Tyler, who is Mrs. Cannon's good friend:
The shadows touch his desk and empty chair
No parliamentary problems now for him,
For many years he waged a gallant fight
He matched his strength with forces of great might,
Our Government by law instead of men
Is more secure because of him.
His work will long endure. His record stands—
He, who served so brilliantly and long,
Now leaves his torch to other outstretched hands.
God grant those hands-like his-be firm and strong: