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Rush CLARK

(1834-1879)

CLARK, Rush, a Representative from Iowa; born in Schellsburg, Bedford County, Pa., October 1, 1834; attended the common schools, the local academy at Ligonier, Pa., and was graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., in 1853; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Iowa City, Iowa; member of the Iowa house of representatives 1860-1864, serving as speaker in 1863 and 1864; served on the staff of the Governor of Iowa in 1861 and 1862, and aided in the organization of volunteer regiments from Iowa during the Civil War; trustee of Iowa University at Iowa City 1862-1866; again served in the State house of representatives in 1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1877, until his death in Washington, D.C., April 29, 1879; interment in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa.

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

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