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Charles Clinton Gossett

Birthplace: Pricetown, OH, USA
Death: Died in Boise, Ada, ID, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Wyatt H. Gossett and Margaret Gossett
Husband of Clara Louise Gossett

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About Charles C. Gossett, Governor, U.S. Senator

Charles Clinton Gossett (September 2, 1888 – September 20, 1974) was the 20th Governor of Idaho and United States Senator from Idaho.


Gossett attended public schools in Ohio. He moved west to Cunningham, Washington, in 1907, to Ontario, Oregon, in 1910, and finally to Nampa, Idaho, in 1922. He engaged in the agriculture, livestock, feed and shipping businesses.

In 1932, Gossett was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives. In 1936, he was elected the 22nd and 24th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, serving alongside Governor Barzilla W. Clark. Four years later Gossett returned as lieutenant governor under Governor Chase A. Clark, Barzilla Clark's younger brother.

Gossett was elected governor in his own right in 1944, but served less than a year. In November 1945 he resigned to let his successor, Lieutenant Governor Arnold Williams, appoint him to the United States Senate to succeed the late John W. Thomas.

In 1946, Gossett was defeated in the Democratic primary for a special election to finish Thomas' term in the Senate by state senator George E. Donart, who in turn was defeated by Republican Congressman Henry Dworshak in the general election. After the loss Gossett returned to his former business pursuits.

Gossett attempted a political comeback in 1954 by running to replace retiring Governor Len Jordan. He was defeated in the Democratic gubernatorial primary by state senator Clark Hamilton. Hamilton in turn lost the general election to Republican Attorney General Robert E. Smylie.

Gossett is buried in Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa.

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Charles C. Gossett, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

September 2, 1888
Pricetown, OH, USA
September 20, 1974
Age 86
Boise, Ada, ID, USA