1846–1924, American jurist, b. Halifax co., N.C., grad. Univ. of North Carolina (A.B., 1864; A.M., 1867). He entered the Confederate army at 15 and was commended for gallantry in action at Antietam and Fredericksburg. Clark was appointed (1885) judge of the superior court and elected (1889) to the supreme court of North Carolina, where he served until his death. He gained a national reputation for his independent decisions and supported many progressive causes in addresses and articles. Clark prepared an Annotated Code of Civil Procedure,
annotated 164 volumes of Supreme Court Reports,
edited 16 volumes of the State Records of North Carolina,
and did other writing and translating.
See his Papers (ed. by A. L. Brooks and H. T. Lefler, 2 vol., 1948–51); biography by A. L. Brooks (1944).
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