Clarence E. Case

Clarence Edwards Case
Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 13, 1920  January 20, 1920
Preceded by William Nelson Runyon
as Acting Governor
Succeeded by Edward I. Edwards
as Governor
Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Thomas J. Brogan
Succeeded by Arthur T. Vanderbilt
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1877-09-24)September 24, 1877
Jersey City, New Jersey
Died September 3, 1961(1961-09-03) (aged 83)
Somerville, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Anna Gist Rogers
Mrs. Ruth Weldon Griggs
Religion Episcopalian

Clarence Edwards Case (September 24, 1877, Jersey City, New Jersey – September 3, 1961, Somerville, New Jersey) was the acting Republican Governor of New Jersey in 1920, succeeding William Nelson Runyon.

Case graduated from Rutgers University in and was awarded a LL.B. degree from New York Law School in 1902. He practiced as a lawyer, and was clerk of the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee from 1908 to 1910. From 1918 to 1929, he was a member of the New Jersey Senate representing Somerset County. As senate president he served as acting governor from January 13, 1920, until January 20, 1920, in the week between the end of the term of William Nelson Runyon, the preceding acting governor, and the start of Edward I. Edwards' term as governor.[1] Case served on the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1929 to 1952, and was the Chief Justice from 1946 to 1948.

Case died on September 3, 1961, in Somerville, New Jersey, where he resided after retiring.

His nephew, Clifford P. Case represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives (1945–1953) and United States Senate (1955–1979).[2]

See also


  1. Peterson, Iver (October 21, 2001). "On Politics: The State's Next Governor? It Isn't Who You Think It Is". The New York Times. p. 14NJ-2. Retrieved August 2, 2007. "Senate President Clarence Case was acting governor for a week in 1920 and then went on to become a state Supreme Court justice, serving as a role model for his nephew, the late senator Clifford Case, who always cited his uncle as his reason for going into public life."
  2. "A Political Microcosm", Time, October 18, 1954. Accessed August 3, 2007. "His uncle, Clarence E. Case, now living in retirement in Somerville, was a state senator and for 23 years a State Supreme Court Justice."
Political offices
Preceded by
William Nelson Runyon
Acting Governor
Acting Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Edward I. Edwards
Preceded by
William Nelson Runyon
President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
Collins B. Allen
Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. Brogan
Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Arthur T. Vanderbilt
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