CLARK, James Beauchamp (Champ)

CLARK, James Beauchamp (Champ)
Oil on canvas, Boris B. Gordon, 1919, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives
1850–1921

Biography

CLARK, James Beauchamp (Champ), (father of Joel Bennett Clark), a Representative from Missouri; born near Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Ky., March 7, 1850; attended the common schools and Kentucky University at Lexington; was graduated from Bethany (W.Va.) College in 1873 and from Cincinnati Law School in 1875; president of Marshall College, Huntington, W.Va., in 1873 and 1874; admitted to the bar in 1875; edited a country newspaper and practiced law; moved to Bowling Green, Pike County, Mo., in 1876; city attorney of Louisiana, Mo., and Bowling Green, Mo., 1878-1881; deputy prosecuting attorney and prosecuting attorney of Pike County 1885-1889; member of the State house of representatives in 1889 and 1891; delegate to the Trans-Mississippi Congress at Denver in May 1891; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; elected to the Fifty-fifth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his death; minority leader (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses), minority leader (Sixty-sixth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; chairman of the Democratic National Convention in 1904; died in Washington, D.C., on March 2, 1921; funeral services were held in the Hall of the House of Representatives; interment in City Cemetery, Bowling Green, Mo.

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External Research Collections

University of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia

Columbia, MO
Papers: In the Champ and Bennett Champ Clark Papers, 1853-1973, 25 linear feet and 3 oversize volumes. The bulk of the Champ Clark materials were created during his tenure as a congressman. They reveal the inner workings of Capitol Hill, chronicle partisan party politics at the state and national levels, and document the congressman's activities on the Chautauqua circuit, in the political arena, and as a family member. There is considerable correspondence relating to his candidacy (and defeat) for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1912. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Bethany College Library

Bethany, WV
Papers: 1905-1915. 1 foot. Political correspondence, some relating to his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1912. Unpublished finding aid in repository. Restricted.

Duke University
Special Collections Department, William R. Perkins Library

Durham, NC
Papers: In the James Gordon Hackett Papers, 1788-1952, 196 items. Correspondents include James Beauchamp Clark.

Idaho State University
Manuscript Collections, Special Collections Department, Eli M. Oboler Library

Pocatello, ID
Papers: In the Fred Thomas Dubois Papers, 1886-1930, 26 linear feet. The papers include a scrapbook relating to Champ Clark's campaign for the 1912 Democratic presidential nomination, which Fred Dubois managed. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Charles J. Bonaparte Papers, ca. 1760-1921, 80,000 items. Correspondents include Champ Clark. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the T. J. J. See Papers, ca. 1887-1960, 53 linear feet. Correspondents include Champ Clark.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Lloyd Cassel Douglas Papers, 1900-1954, 6 linear feet and 2 oversize volumes. Other authors include Champ Clark. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Elbridge H. Duff Letters, 1902-1903, 12 items. Other authors include Champ Clark.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Clark, Champ. The Country Editor. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. Cuba. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. Hawaii. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. My Quarter Century of American Politics. 2 vols. New York: Harper, 1920.

------. The President and the Tariff. Washington: N.p., 1910.

Hollister, Wilfred R. and Harry Norman. Five famous Missourians: Authentic biographical sketches of Samuel L. Clemens, Richard P. Bland, Champ Clark, James M. Greenwood, and Joseph O. Shelby. Kansas City, Mo.: Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Co., 1900.

Morrison, Geoffrey Fahy. "America's Ring-Tailed Roarer: Speaker of the House Champ Clark." Gateway Heritage 10 (Spring 1990): 56-63.

------. "Champ Clark and the Rules Revolution of 1910." Capitol Studies 2 (Winter 1974): 43-56.

------. "A Political Biography of Champ Clark." Ph.D. diss., St. Louis University, 1972.

United States. 66th Congress, 3d session, 1920-1921. Champ Clark (late a Representative from Missouri) Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States. Sixty-sixth Congress, third session. March 3, 1921. Prepared under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1922.

Webb, William Larkin. Champ Clark. New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1912.

------. "The Work of the Democratic House." North American Review 194 (September 1911): 337-43.

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