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Transcribed biography of Charles T. Clifford


Charles T. Clifford is a great, great, grandson of Patrick T. Clifford, who immigrated to Porter County from County Cork, Ireland. Patrick T. Clifford and his construction company built many miles of the Pennsylvania Rail road and Nickle Plate Railroad through Porter County, Indiana.

Frank M. Clifford, father of Charles T. Clifford, was Secretary-Treasurer of Foster Lumber & Construction Company, Inc. This company built many of the fine homes and commercial buildings in the Valparaiso area, including the rebuilding of the Porter County Courthouse, which was partially destroyed by fire in the 1930s. The home currently occupied by the Clifford family was one of the last homes built by Frank M. Clifford prior to his death.

Charles T. Clifford was a Naval lieutenant in World War II, serving both in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Following the war he received his law degree from Valparaiso University and established a practice in Valparaiso, with Edward J. Ryan and James W. Chester, under the firm name of Ryan, Chester & Clifford. Charles T. Clifford is now senior partner in the firm of Clifford, Hoeppner, Houran, Wagner & Evans, one of the largest law firms in the Valparaiso area.

In 1947 Charles T. Clifford was married to Nedra Olson of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Mrs. Clifford was a graduate of Valparaiso University and is Past President of the Iota Chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa, an Indiana sorority promoting charity, culture and education. Mrs. Clifford was a member of the Vale Day School Board at the time the Vale Day School was planned and built. The Cliffords have three children, David, Linda and Paul. All are members of St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Charles T. Clifford has served as President of the Porter County Bar Association, and as a director of the Chamber of Commerce, board member of Rotary Club, and numerous civic organizations. In his legal practice he has spent many years as attorney for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in its assemblage of Bethlehem's Burns Harbor Plant on the shores of Lake Michigan. This plant is destined to be one of the largest integrated steel mills in the world.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 90-91

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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