CLARK, James

1779–1839

Biography

CLARK, James, (brother of Christopher Henderson Clark and uncle of John Bullock Clark), a Representative from Kentucky; born near the Peaks of Otter in Bedford County, Va., January 16, 1779; moved with his parents to Clark County, Ky., in 1794; was educated by private tutors; attended Pisgah Academy, Woodford County, Ky.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Winchester, Ky., in 1797; member of the State house of representatives in 1807 and 1808; appointed judge of the court of appeals in 1810; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1813, until taking a leave of absence from the Congress on April 8, 1816; resigned prior to August 1816; judge of the circuit court 1817-1824; elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry Clay; reelected to the Twentieth Congress; and elected as an Anti-Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-first Congresses and served from August 1, 1825, to March 3, 1831; chairman, Committee on Territories (Twenty-first Congress); member of the State senate 1831-1835; elected, as a Whig, Governor of Kentucky in 1836, and served until his death in Frankfort, Ky., September 27, 1839; interment in the private burial ground of the old Clark home at Winchester, Clark County, Ky.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1836-1839, 0.5 cubic foot and 7 volumes. The repository has the gubernatorial papers for James Clark. The papers contain official correspondence, civil and military appointments, enrolled bills, executive journals, an executive minute book, military correspondence, and petitions for pardons and remissions.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1826, 1 letter. A letter from James Clark to Col. Leslie Combs written on January 23, 1826. In the letter, James Clark comments on proposed changes in the judiciary system, Creek Indian lands in Georgia, and confidential sessions on nominations for the U.S. Representative to the Panama Congress to be held later that year. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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