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William L. Clayton

Anderson, Clayton and Company

1904 - 1940

Agriculture & Mining

1900 b. 1880
Born-Died1880 - 1966
BirthplaceMississippi (MS)
FatherWhite Collar Worker
Era - 1900

In 1916, Clayton moved Anderson, Clayton and Company’s headquarters to Houston, Texas, where he grew the company into the world’s largest cotton trading organization. During World War I, the firm handled 1 million bales of cotton a year. By World War II, the firm was up to a volume of $220 million per year, and was marketing 15% of the total American cotton crop.