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Richard Henry CLARKE

(1843-1906)

CLARKE, Richard Henry, a Representative from Alabama; born in Dayton, Marengo County, Ala., February 9, 1843; attended Green Springs Academy and was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in July 1861; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as a lieutenant in the First Battalion of Alabama Artillery; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in Dayton, Ala.; moved to Demopolis, Marengo County, Ala., and continued the practice of law; State solicitor for Marengo County 1872-1876; prosecuting attorney of the seventh judicial circuit in 1876 and 1877; resumed the practice of law in Mobile, Ala.; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1896; resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1900 and 1901; died in St. Louis, Mo., September 26, 1906; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Ala.

Bibliography

Jones, Allen W. “Political Reform and Party Factionalism in the Deep South: Alabama’s ‘Dead Shoes’ Senatorial Primary of 1906.” Alabama Review 26 (January 1973): 3-32.

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

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