Clair Armstrong Callan

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Clair Armstrong Callan

Clair Armstrong Callan (March 29, 1920 – May 28, 2005) was a Nebraska Democratic politician.

Born in Odell, Nebraska, the grandson of Irish immigrants,[1] Callan graduated from Nebraska State Teachers College, now known as Peru State College. He served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II on a destroyer in the Pacific Theater.

He served on the Odell Village Board, Odell School Board, Gage County School Reorganization Board, Gage County Fair Board, and the Gage County Extension Board. He was chairman of both the Governor’s Committee on State Government Reorganization Board and the Nebraska Power Review Board. He worked as a farmer, stockman, and in the hardware and farm supply business.

After losing his first race for congress in 1962 in 1964 he was elected to the Eighty-ninth United States Congress serving from January 3, 1965 to January 3, 1967 and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninetieth United States Congress in 1966, 91st in 1968 and the 92nd in 1970 as an independent when he failed to get the democratic nomination. He was deputy administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration from 1967 to 1968 and president of the Allied Industries International, Inc. and Agri-Tech in Nashville, Tennessee. He died on May 28, 2005 in Fairbury, Nebraska.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Freemasons, the Shriners, the Elks, the Odd Fellows and of the Optimist Club.


  1. ^ "United States Census, 1930", FamilySearch, retrieved March 8, 2018 
  1. "Callan, Clair Armstrong". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved February 28, 2006. 
  2. "Callan, Clair Armstrong". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 28, 2006. 
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ralph F. Beermann (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967
Succeeded by
Robert Vernon Denney (R)