Born in Van Zandt County Oct. 26, 1872, Clarence Edgar Gilmore, 30th president, was educated in schools there and in the law department of the University of Texas.
He entered the newspaper business in 1894 when he purchased a half interest in the Wills Point Chronicle, which he owned and edited until 1913 when he retired to enter the practice of law. Gilmore joined Texas Press Association in 1898.
He married Lena McKain March 18, 1897. They had two sons.
He served as general attorney for TPA starting in 1912. He was a member of the Texas Railway Commission and chairman. He served in the Texas Legislature.