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Alvah Augustus CLARK


CLARK, Alvah Augustus, (cousin of James Nelson Pidcock), a Representative from New Jersey; born in Lebanon, Hunterdon County, N.J., September 13, 1840; attended public and private schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1863 and commenced practice in New Germantown, N.J.; licensed as counselor in 1867; moved to Somerville, Somerset County, in 1867 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; resumed the practice of law; appointed postmaster at Somerville on May 26, 1896, and served until his successor was appointed on June 15, 1899; again resumed the practice of law until his death in Somerville, N.J., on December 27, 1912; interment in Somerville Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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