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date: 04 March 2021

Chamberlin, Clarence Duncanlocked

(11 November 1893–31 October 1976)
  • Roger D. Launius


Chamberlin, Clarence Duncan (11 November 1893–31 October 1976), aviation pioneer and aircraft industry executive, was born in Denison, Iowa, the son of Elzie Clarence Chamberlin and Jessie Duncan, watchmakers and mechanics. He worked for his parents in their shop and proved adept at engineering and mechanics. Able to carry on his education after most other men in his age group at Denison had entered the workforce, Chamberlin attended Normal and Business College in Denison, graduating in 1911, and Iowa State College, graduating with a B.S. in engineering in 1914. Not long after automobiles made an appearance in Denison, in 1912 he took time off from school to open his own automotive sales and repair business. He ran this business and continued his studies until he graduated from Iowa State College....

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