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Clyde Lemuel Colson
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Birth: Sep. 28, 1902
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1965
Monongalia County
West Virginia, USA

Bio of Dr. Clyde Lemuel Colson

Clyde Lemuel Colson was born 28 September 1902 in Lumpkin, Georgia. He was the youngest child of six known children of Rev. Lemuel Wilson Colson and Willie Kennedy Colson. Lemuel was born 17 September 1869 in Newnansville, Florida. He died on the 6 May 1953 in Asheville, North Carolina and is buried in the Green Hills Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina. Willie was born on the 12 April 1867 in Worthington Springs, Florida. She died of pneumonia on the 19 February 1904 in Shellman, Georgia and is buried in the Eastview City Cemetery in Shellman, Georgia.

Clyde married Helen Hamer on the 5 March 1927 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Helen was the daughter of George F. Hamer and Alice Myers Smith Hamer. George was born on the 7 February 1862 in Lawrence, Massachusetts and died on the 2 October 1945 in Meuthuen, Massachusetts. Alice was born on the 17 July 1863 in Lawrence, Massachusetts and died on the 20 August 1935 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

One of Helen's sisters, Elizabeth Hamer married Dr. Z. William Colson the oldest brother of Dr. Clyde Lemuel Colson.

Dr. Clyde Lemuel Colson was the assistant professor of law at Emory University from 1929 to 1935, when he left to become associate professor of law at West Virginia University. During his more than 30 years there, he served as dean and professor of the College of Law and twice served as acting President of the University.

Dr. Colson was a member of the American Law Institute and the West Virginia Bar Association, served as legal advisor to many state administration and was a frequent contributor of article in law periodicals.

He received his LL. B. degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1929 and the S. J. D. degree there in 1934. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Tau Delta and Phi Delta Phi fraternities.

Clyde and his wife, Helen, were the proud parents of three daughters.

Dr. Colson died on the 29 October 1965 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Helen died on the 21 October 1987 in Fairmont, West Virginia. They are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The former College of Law Building on downtown Campus of West Virginia was named Colson Hall in his honor in 1977.

Clyde and family were visiting their family in Asheville, North Carolina and Clyde told them he was a twin. As of 5 August 2011 this has not been confirmed. However, a descendant, Alan Reynolds wrote this poem.


I was a twin and when one of us died
before our second birthday no one knew
which one of us survived. I had a clue
but without instruction, never sure,
I took advanced degrees enough for two
and mastered and doctored juridical science for years.
Returning every two summers from the Law School
I was Dean of and the University that I served
twice as President Pro Tem, I slept for days
at my father's or one of my sisters', and asked myself
each waking when I went downstairs, "I'm home?"

from Oak and Mimosa by Alan Reynolds

You may find more of Alan's poems at

Submitted by
Barbara Wilson Krause
15937 Marsala Drive
Fishers, IN 46037

Family links: 
  Lemuel Wilson Colson (1869 - 1953)
  Willie Kennedy Colson (1867 - 1904)
  Helen Claire Hamer Colson (1903 - 1987)*
  Z. William Colson (1894 - 1974)*
  Mattie Benns Colson (1896 - 1897)*
  Willie Agnes Colson (1896 - 1897)*
  Susie Mae Colson McRae (1898 - 1953)*
  Julia Colson Hall (1900 - 1980)*
  Clyde Lemuel Colson (1902 - 1965)
  Lewis Williford Colson (1906 - 1907)**
  Joseph Williford Colson (1909 - 1930)**
  Paula Colson McCord (1913 - 1979)**
  Louisa Colson Reynolds (1916 - 1985)**
*Calculated relationship
East Oak Grove Cemetery
Monongalia County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Barbara Wilson Krause
Record added: Jul 30, 2011
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