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Samuel Clarence "Sam" Ford

Birthdate: (79)
Death: 1961 (79)
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Son of William Ford and Glanora Elizabeth Swan

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About Sam C. Ford, Governor

Samuel Clarence Ford (November 7, 1882 – November 25, 1961) was an American politician. He served as the 12th Governor of Montana.


Ford was born on November 7, 1882 in Albany, Kentucky. His early education was in the public schools of Kansas and he graduated from the University of Kansas with an LL.B. in 1906. He established a legal practice as well as a public service career in Helena, Montana. He Married Mary Leslie Shobe in 1910 and they had four children.


Ford was a member of the Republican party. He served as Assistant U S Attorney for Montana from 1908 to 1914 and served as the Attorney General of Montana from 1917 to 1921. He was a Supreme Court Justice on the Montana State Supreme Court from 1929 to 1933. Sam C. Ford, the 12th Governor of Montana.

Ford was elected Governor of Montana on November 5, 1940 and was reelected in 1944. Ford served as Governor from 1941 to 1949. He is credited with reducing the state bureaucracy. During his administration, the budget was balanced, the Missouri River development project was launched, in an attempt to provide cheap electricity for farmers, and World War II issues were dealt with. Ford retired from political life when he failed to be reelected. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1952.


Ford died in Helena on November 25, 1961, and he is interred at Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana USA

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Age 79