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Bio

Clare Elmer Griffin
The Michigan Alumnus 76-93

Clare Elmer Griffin, who comes to the University as Associate Professor 
of Economics, was born at Allegan, Michigan, March 22, 1892.

After receiving his early education in the public schools of Traverse City, Michigan 
he entered Albion College from which he was graduated in 1914. His grad
uate studies were pursued at the University of Illinois where he received 
his M.A. in 1915, and his Ph.D. in 1918, with the exception of one year 
spent at Johns Hopkins University.

Professor Griffin began his teaching 
career at Dartmouth College in 1916, as instructor in Economics, where he
 remained one year, going to Johns Hopkins in 1917, as instructor in Trans
portation. He was appointed Professor of Economics at Delaware College 
the following year but was on leave of absence most of the year due to
 service as First Lieutenant with the Statistics Branch of the General Staff, 
 from October 1918, to May 1919, when he was transferred to the Central
 Bureau of Planning and Statistics at Washington, where he remained until 
July 1, 1919. Subsequently he was again transferred to the Division of Plan
ning and Statistics with the U. S. Shipping Board, holding this position un
til October 1, 1919, when he was appointed Associate Professor of Econo
mics at the University of Michigan.

Professor Griffin was married Decem
ber 27, 1917 to Florence Parsons of St. Clair, Michigan. They have one
 child, a daughter, Frances Ethel, born August 7, 1919.