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Manning Clements.


Son of J. T. Clements and Margaret Louisa (Lou) Chamberlain, of Burnet Co., TX. Husband of Winn M. (Winnie) Blankenship, whom he married in 1962. He graduated with a B.A. from Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, in 1929, and in 1938 he received an L.L.B. degree from the University of Houston Law School. The same year, he was admitted to the TX bar. Two years later, Manning Clements became a special agent for the FBI, serving in this capacity from 1940 to 1970.

Manning Clements in 1961.

Manning Clements in 1961.

He was instrumental in the investigation of the JFK assassination, having had extensive contact both with Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby and having worked closely with the Warren Commission. He is interviewed in the Warren Report and mentioned multiple times.

In his Warren Commission testimony Clements indicates that Oswald was not at all hostile or resentful. And answered all questions, except when asked about the Hidell ID. Manning Clements’ interview is interrupted 2x once to take Oswald away for a line-up. I do not know what the reason for the second interruption was.

Mr. STERN. Did he seem hostile or resentful or irritated by the fact that you were an FBI agent?

Mr. CLEMENTS. He did not state that, if that were the case. He was courteous, responsive as to any question. Volunteered little information.

Mr. STERN. But volunteered very little information. Did he seem a person in command of himself?

Mr. CLEMENTS. He seemed to be in command of himself both physically and mentally. He had what appeared to me to be a slightly haughty or arrogant attitude.




Manning Clements in 1960.


His report on Oswald.





Manning Clements 1966

Manning Clements 1966

After retiring from the FBI, he served as assistant attorney general for the Texas state division of crime prevention in Austin.

Special thanks to Steve Roe and Denis Morissette for the newspaper pictures.