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Beverly Leonidas CLARKE

(1809-1860)

CLARKE, Beverly Leonidas, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Winterfield, Chesterfield County, Va., February 11, 1809; attended the common schools; moved to Kentucky in 1823; studied law in Franklin, Ky., and was graduated from the Lexington Law School in 1831; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Franklin, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives in 1841 and 1842; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1849; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1849; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor in 1855; appointed by President Buchanan Minister to Guatemala, and was also accredited to Honduras, and served from January 7, 1858, until his death in Guatemala, March 17, 1860; interment in the State Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.

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

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