Gerald Francis Clifford

Gerald Francis Clifford
Black and white portrait photo of Clifford
Undated portrait of Clifford
Born(1889-06-19)June 19, 1889
DiedFebruary 24, 1952(1952-02-24) (aged 62)
OccupationLawyer and politician
Known forOfficer, Green Bay Packers, Inc.
Spouse(s)Mae Clifford (née Heney)

Gerald Francis Clifford (June 19, 1889 – February 24, 1952) was an American trial lawyer, politician, and executive officer of the Green Bay Packers. Clifford began his legal career in 1913 after studying law at the University of Michigan. He was an active trial lawyer, specializing in cases regarding search and seizure and Prohibition. He once served as assistant Attorney General of Wisconsin where he became well-known for prosecuting corruption cases. Politically, Clifford was a leader in the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and was once a Wisconsin Democratic nominee for Congress in 1934. In addition to his work in law and politics, he also served as an executive officer and team lawyer for the Green Bay Packers. Clifford helped the organization avoid bankruptcy, reincorporated the team under a new ownership model, and helped prevent the team from moving away from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is one of The Hungry Five, a group of businessman who were instrumental in the early development of the Packers. Clifford died on February 24, 1952 at the age of 62. In recognition of his contributions, he was elected to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1991.

Early life

Gerald Francis Clifford was born in Chilton, Wisconsin on June 19, 1889, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.[1] During his childhood, Clifford's father Jerry served as the mayor of Iron Mountain, Michigan for period of time.[2] The family lived in Escanaba, Michigan during Clifford's teenage years, where he would attend Escanaba High School.[3] After graduation, he traveled across Europe for 18 months while providing a written account of his travels for the local newspaper.[4] Back in America, Clifford attended the University of Michigan and received a law degree in 1912.[2]

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