Clayton was born in New Reno, the city of sin, and witnessed the fall of the Mordinos to the Wrights. However, when the Van Graffs expanded into New Reno, seeking to develop their mercantile empire, he left the town and migrated east to the Mojave Wasteland.
Here, Clayton founded the Westside Cooperative, with some help from Tom Anderson, a splintered member of the Followers of the Apocalypse. Thanks to his efforts, Westside developed its agriculture beyond subsistence farming, and its supply of food became large enough to begin exporting and keep its independence from the NCR. However, Westside and the Co-op's prosperity isn't under the most scrupulous terms as he, Anderson and a local boy Hector have been stealing water from a local cistern to irrigate the crops.
"Well, I've lived in Nevada all my life. Started out in New Reno, but headed down here as soon as I got the chance. If you can believe it, things are even worse back home. The whole city's still run by crime families. Used to be the Mordinos and Wrights. Now it's the Wrights and Van Graffs. Seems like things never get better. Anyway, that's all behind me now."