Biography of Alfred Clum
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ALFRED CLUM. For more than three decades Alfred Clum has been an active member of the Cleveland bar, and for the greater part of this period has been ranked with the city's most eminent lawyers.

Mr. Clum was born on Staten Island, New York, September 26, 1863, a son of William H. and Elizabeth Ann (Van Deusen) Clump, both of whom were born in Columbia County, New York. The ancestors on the paternal side came to the United States from a province of Germany bordering on Holland. The progenitor of the Van Deusen family in America was Abraham Pietersen Van Deusen, who came to New Amsterdam with the first Dutch settlers. The father of Mr. Gum was a farmer in Columbia County until 1872, when he moved with his family to the District of Columbia, and his death occurred there in 1889, at the age of seventy five years. The mother of Mr. Clum died at Kensington in 1918, having passed her ninety sixth birthday. Of the ten children of the family Mr. Clum was the youngest born and is one of the six survivors.

Alfred Clum was nine years old when the family settled in the District of Columbia, where he attended the public schools until 1881, in which year he was graduated from a high school in Washington, District of Columbia. Mr. Clum spent the year 1882 teaching school at High Bridge, New Jersey, and in 1883 was graduated from the law department of Columbia, now George Washington University, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In the fall of 1884 he became connected with the United States Pension Bureau at Washington, and while there took a post graduate course in law at old Columbia University, receiving the degree of Master of Laws in 1885, and in that year was admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia, and later was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court.

In August, 1885, Mr. Clum was detailed as a special examiner of United States pensions, with headquarters at Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, from which point he was transferred to Cleveland in the fall of 1886. Mr. Clum resigned this office in April, 1887, and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1889. During his professional career he has been at times associated with men of high standing and honorable practice at Cleveland, including M. B. and H. W. Johnson, Thom J. Moffett, A. F. Ingersoll and George B. Marty. He has controlled an extensive practice, and additionally, for a number of years, has been a member of the faculty of the Law School of Baldwin-Wallace College, and is now professor of the law of real property, equity and evidence.

In political life Mr. Clum is a republican. At times he has served in offices of public importance, in the line of his profession. From April, 1902, to January, 1910, he served as solicitor for the Village of East Cleveland, and when the village was incorporated as a city, in 1911, he was elected its first city solicitor, which office he held from January 1, 1912, to January 1, 1914. From January, 1918, to December 31, 1921, he filled the office of first assistant director of law of the City of Cleveland, and resumed that position February 1, 1924.

Mr. Clum married at Washington, District of Columbia, on June 2, 1886, Miss Lizzie W. Bohrer, the youngest daughter of George A. and Catherine (Otterbach) Bohrer, old residents of that city. At one time the father of Mrs. Clum served as president of the Oldest Inhabitants' Association of Washington, District of Columbia. Mr. and Mrs. Clump have had three children: Ethel J., who is deceased; Harold H. and Ralph W. Harold H. Clum is now an assistant professor in the University of Michigan, and is an overseas veteran of the World war. He served with the One Hundred and Eighth Ammunition Train on the Argonne front, and was with the first contingent of the Army of Occupation at Coblenz, Germany.

Mr. Clum is a member of the Cleveland Bar and the Ohio Bar associations, the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, the Civic League, the Cleveland Council of Sociology, and the Western Reserve Club. Since December, 1914, Mr. Clump and his family have been residents of Cleveland Heights, and are members of the Cleveland Heights Presbyterian Church

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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