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Augustus D. Clemens, Jr.
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2) Mr. A. D. Clemens Dead

Mary Bordley Clemens
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Augustus Ducas Clemens

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d. 10 NOV 1909

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Mr. A.D. Clemens Dead
Well-Known Real Estate Man Dies From Complication Of Diseases.


Devoted His Time To The Development Of Much Property In And About The City.

Mr. Augustus Ducas Clemens, 64 years old, a prominent real estate man of this city, died at his home, Evesham, Govanstown, at 2.30 o'clock yesterday morning. Death was due to a complication of diseases. Mr. Clemens had been in ill health since August. He was operated on at Johns Hopkins Hospital about nine weeks ago by Dr. Follis.

Of French descent, Mr. Clemens was born in Baltimore on January 17, 1845. His great-greatgrandfather, Augustus Ducas Clemens, was a native of France. His father, Augustus Ducas Clemens IV, was born in Baltimore in 1818, and was engaged in the real estate business until his death, in 1898.

Mr. Clemens always lived in the northern suburbs. He received his early education at the public and private schools in this city and was a graduate of the Newton Academy. Almost immediately after completing his studies he entered the real estate business.

The development of the property in the northern suburbs was the project to which Mr. Clemens devoted the most of his time. The first sections he began to develop were those about Friendship and Oxford, at Waverly. Then, as the tide of population moved northward, Mr. Clemens began to develop other property in Waverly, Chestnut Hill, Wyanoke, Woodbourne Heights and Govanstown. Later he became interested in the property in Arlington and West Arlington and built a number of houses there.

It is estimated that Mr. Clemens managed the development of the property and the erection of nearly 2,00 houses in the sections mentioned and other places in and around Baltimore.

For a number of years Mr. Clemens' office was located in the old Hoen [sp.?] Building. He afterward moved to the Vansant Building. Since the big fire he had his office in Waverly, near a section he was developing at the time of his death.

In early life Mr. Clemens lived at Chestnut Hill, Waverly. About 15 years ago he bought Evesham from the late Reverdy Johnson, and since that time had his home there. The place contains about 67 acres. It is one of the most beautiful residences in the neighborhood of Govanstown.

For 30 years he had been a director of the Waverly Building Association and was one of its charter members. He was also a director of the York Road Building Association.

Mr. Clemens was a member of the Maryland Historical Society, the St. Andrew's Society, Concordia Lodge of Masons, Waverly Conclave of Heptasophs and Waverly Lodge of the Royal Arcanum.

In 1881 Mr. Clemens married Miss Mary Bordley, daughter of the late William C. and Amelia Bordley, formerly of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Besides his widow he is survived by two sons - Messrs. Lennox Birckhead and Augustus Ducas Clemens VI - and one daughter, Miss Henrietta Amelia Clemens.

The funeral will take place from St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church, Waverly, at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Services will be conducted by Rev. Dallas Morgan, rector of the church. The members of Concordia Lodge of Masons will take part in the services. Burial will be in the churchyard.

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