Percival Wood Clement Edit Profile
He was educated at Rutland High School and St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. Clement graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
He became a partner in 1871. He was also president of the Clement National Bank and the Rutland Board of Trade, and an owner of numerous railroad interests. A Republican, Clement served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1892 to 1893, and helped secure the charter for Rutland City to incorporate separately from Rutland Town.
He served as Mayor of Rutland City from 1897 to 1898, and was succeeded by William Y. W. Ripley. Clement served in the Vermont Senate from 1900 to 1901, and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1902 and 1906, in the latter year as a Democrat. From 1911 to 1912 Clement served again as Rutland's Mayor.
In 1912 he was chairman of the New England Railroad Conference Commission. Elected in 1918, Clement served as Governor of Vermont from January 9, 1919 to January 6, 1921. During his term, the state legislature appropriated one million dollars to pay military draftees.
He opposed women's suffrage and Prohibition, but Vermont ratified the Prohibition Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Clement also pardoned his predecessor as governor, Horace F. Graham, who had been convicted of embezzlement while serving as State Auditor. When his term of office ended, he returned to his business affairs.
Clement died in Rutland on January 9, 1927 and is interred at Rutland's Evergreen Cemetery.
The following year he served on the Vermont Educational Commission, and in 1917 he was a member of the executive committee of the Vermont Committee of Public Safety.
Married Maria H. Goodwin, 1868.