Clayton R. Lusk

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Clayton Riley Lusk (born December 26, 1872 in Lisle , Broome County , New York , † February 1959 ) was an American lawyer and politician ( Republican Party ).


Clayton Riley Lusk graduated from Cornell University Law School with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and was admitted to the bar in 1902.

Lusk decided to pursue a political career when he successfully ran for Cortland County for a seat in the New York Senate in 1918 . He chaired the Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities , better known as the Lusk Committee , between 1919 and 1920 . It consisted of four senators and five deputies .

Lusk was in 1921 and 1922 Majority Leader in the New York Senate. On September 26, 1922, following the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Jeremiah Wood , who was appointed Judge in the New York Administrative Court, Lusk was appointed President pro tempore and was acting Lieutenant Governor of New York until the end of the year. At the end of his third term, an investigation was underway to investigate suspicions about whether he had accepted donations to support or oppose certain laws.


A State University of New York stadium at Cortland is named after him.


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