Clayton Library and the William and Susan Clayton Historical Marker
William Lockhart Clayton (1880-1966), a native of Mississippi, left school early to become a court reporter. During World War I, Clayton served worked for Committee on Cotton Distribution of the War Industries Board. He served as Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (1945-47) under George C. Marshall. He is considered to be one of the most important architects of the post World War II Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan was an initiative in which the U.S. gave $13 billion to aid the rebuilding of Western European countries following World War II. Clayton and his wife, Susan, bequeathed their Houston home to Houston's Public Library system. Notable architect Birdsall P. Bristle worked with Susan Clayton to build the home. Today, it houses one of the best centers for genealogical research in the nation.
Backstory and Context
Tinsley, James. "Clayton, William Lockhart." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed October 20, 2015. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fcl23.
"W. L. and Susan Clayton." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed October 20, 2015. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=63848.