Bertram Tracy CLAYTON, Congress, NY (1862-1918)


CLAYTON, Bertram Tracy, (brother of Henry De Lamar Clayton), a Representative from New York; born on the Clayton estate near Clayton, Barbour County, Ala., October 19, 1862; attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1886 and appointed a second lieutenant in the Eleventh Regiment, United States Infantry; served until April 30, 1888, when he resigned to go into business as a civil engineer in Brooklyn; during the Spanish-American War was mustered into the United States volunteer service as captain of Troop C, New York Volunteers, May 20, 1898; was later placed in command of Troops A, B, and C of the New York Cavalry, and served throughout the Puerto Rican campaign; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); unsuccessful candidate in 1900 for reelection to the Fifty-seventh Congress; appointed by President Roosevelt a captain in the United States Regular Army April 17, 1901; quartermaster in the United States Army in the Philippine Islands 1901-1904; quartermaster and disbursing officer of the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1911-1914; during the First World War was appointed colonel in the Quartermaster Corps of the American Army March 15, 1918; quartermaster of the First Division in France; killed in action at Noyer, Department of the Oise, France, May 30, 1918; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present