Benton County


Stephen Alse Clement has contributed in a marked degree to the upbuilding of Camden and Benton county, and he is a representative member of the county and state bars. A native of Benton county, his birth occurred on the 19th of February, 1871, a son of Stephen Newton and Easter (McDaniel) Clement, both of whom are deceased. Stephen Newton Clement was born in Tennessee and in early life engaged in farming. Upon the outbreak of the Civil war he was quick to put all personal interests aside and, his sympathies being with the Union, he joined the Federal army, serving under Captain S. W. Harkins. His demise occurred in 1915 and came as a severe shock to his family and many friends. His wife's death occurred in 1905.

In the acquirement of his early education Stephen Alse Clement attended the common schools of Benton county and then enrolled in the Huntingdon Southern Normal School. He read law and taught school until 1896, when he was licensed to practice at Camden. He continued to teach until 1904, since which time he has devoted his entire attention to his professional interests. Mr. Clement has won a prominent place among the representative members of the county and state bars, handling much important litigation before the courts. He holds to the highest of professional ethics and well merits the confidence and esteem which is accorded him by his professional brethren and fellowmen.

At Camden on the 14th of June, 1905, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Clement to Miss Bertha A. McElyear, a daughter of Alonzo and Florie (Blount) McElyear, both of whom are living. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Clement four children have been born: Stephen Alonzo, Louise Ann, Harry Alden, and Bertha Alice.

Since attaining his majority Mr. Clement has strictly adhered to the principles of the democratic party. He was elected county and probate judge of this county in 1918 and is filling that office with distinction. He is essentially public-spirited and has contributed in a marked degree to the development of Camden and his native county. He has made a very creditable record as road builder, having constructed one hundred and fifty miles of good roads in this county, the first built in the eighty-five years that Benton county has been in existence. Judge Clement has also aided in bringing about improvements in the county and rural schools. His long experience as a teacher in these schools made it possible for him to know their needs. The religious faith of the Clement family is that of the Methodist church. Fraternally Judge Clement is identified with the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Red Men, and the Maccabees and he is also a Master Mason.

Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 4