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James CLARK

(1779-1839)

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.

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

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