CLARENCE HALE was born in Turner, Me., April, 1848. A brief historical account
of his family has already been given in this book in connection with the sketch of his older brother, Senator Hale.
Mr. Hale was fitted for college in the schools of his native town and at Norway Academy, and was graduated at Bowdoin
College in the year 1869, near the head of his class, and receiving honors, during his college course, in oratory
and in general studies.
At the close of his college course he studied law with his brother, Hon. Eugene Hale, and with Hon. L. A. Emery,
at Ellsworth. In 1871 he began the practice of law in Portland. He has always devoted himself very closely to his
professional work, and has enjoyed, for many years, a large and lucrative practice, being connected with much of
the important litigation and legal work of the State.
In March, 1880, he was married to Margaret Rollins, daughter of Hon. Franklin J. Rollins of Portland. Their children
are Katherine Hale and Robert Hale.
He was elected City Solicitor of Portland in 1879, and during his three years in that office tried many important
cases for the city. He was a member of the State Legislature from Portland from 1883 to 1885, and took the highest
rank as a debater and as a sound, well-equipped lawyer. While always ready to assist in political matters in aid
of the Republican party, and speaking in all political campaigns since 1872, he has been connected very little
with personal politics, but has devoted himself to the cares of his practice.
His tastes are of a literary and scholarly character. His private library is one of the best in the city. He has
a fondness for historical study and is a member of the Maine Historical Society.
At the Bar, both to Court and Jury, his style is characterized by clearness and force. He is identified, as Director
and Trustee, with the management of some of the large business interests of his city; but the greater part of his
time is spent in the labors of his profession.