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  • Kit Francis Clardy was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He was also known as Michigan's McCarthy, referring to his affinity for the controversial anti-communist U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. Clardy was born in Butler, Missouri, moved with his family first to Kansas City, Missouri, and then in 1907 to a farm near Liberty, Missouri. He attended schools in Butler, Kansas City, and Liberty, and the William Jewell College in Liberty. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor in 1925 and was admitted to the bar in the same year. He practiced law in Ionia, 1925–1927, served as assistant attorney general of Michigan, 1927–1931; was a member and chairman of the Michigan Public Utilities Commission 1931-1934. Clardy reentered the private practice of law in 1934. In 1950, Clardy lost to incumbent William W. Blackney in the Republican primary contest for the U.S. House of Representatives for Michigan's 6th congressional district. In 1952, Clardy won the Republican nomination after Blackney's retirement, and went on to defeat Democrat Donald Hayworth in the general election.

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