William L. Clements Library

History of the William L. Clements Library

Clements History

A native of Ann Arbor, William L. Clements graduated from the University of Michigan in 1882 with a degree in engineering, and joined his father's firm, the Bay City Industrial Works, manufacturers of steam shovels and cranes. Clements' fortune was made supplying equipment for the construction of the Panama Canal and other major engineering projects at the turn of the century. In 1909, he was elected to the University of Michigan Board of Regents, where his knowledge of engineering and business made him a leader in rebuilding the central campus.

Photograph caption: Seated: William L. Clements, Clarence Cook Little. Standing: George Parker Winship, Junius E. Beal, Walter M. Sawyer.

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