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Clarence Don CLARK

(1851-1930)
Senate Years of Service:
1895-1917
Party:
Republican

CLARK, Clarence Don, a Representative and a Senator from Wyoming; born in Sandy Creek, Oswego County, N.Y., April 16, 1851; attended the common schools and the University of Iowa at Iowa City; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1874; taught school and practiced law in Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa, until 1881, when he moved to Evanston, Wyo., and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of Uinta County 1882-1884; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1889; upon the admission of Wyoming as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress; reelected to the Fifty-second Congress (December 1, 1890, to March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1895 to fill the vacancy in the term beginning March 4, 1893, caused by the failure of the legislature to elect; reelected in 1899, 1905, and again in 1911, and served from January 23, 1895, to March 3, 1917; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916; chairman, Committee on Railroads (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Judiciary (Fifty-ninth through Sixty-second Congresses), Committee on Geological Survey (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; appointed a member of the International Joint Commission created to adjust disputes between the United States and Canada in 1919, chairman 1923-1929; retired from active pursuits and resided in Evanston, Wyo., until his death on November 18, 1930; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

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

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