James Beauchamp Clark

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James Beauchamp Clark (a.k.a. "Champ"), (father of Joel Bennett Clark) was the Speaker of the House from 1911-1919, preceding Frederick Gillet and succeeding Joe Cannon. He was a Representative from Missouri; born near Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Ky., March 7, 1850

  • Attended the common schools and Kentucky University at Lexington
  • Was graduated from Bethany (W.Va.) College in 1873 and from Cincinnati Law School in 1875
  • President of Marshall College, Huntington, W.Va., in 1873 and 1874
  • Admitted to the bar in 1875
  • Edited a country newspaper and practiced law
  • Moved to Bowling Green, Pike County, Mo., in 1876
  • city attorney of Louisiana, Mo., and Bowling Green, Mo., 1878-1881
  • Deputy prosecuting attorney and prosecuting attorney of Pike County 1885-1889
  • Member of the State house of representatives in 1889 and 1891
  • Delegate to the Trans-Mississippi Congress at Denver in May 1891
  • Elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895)
  • Unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress
  • Elected to the Fifty-fifth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his death
  • minority leader (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses), minority leader (Sixty-sixth Congress)
  • Unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress
  • Chairman of the Democratic National Convention in 1904
  • Died in Washington, D.C., on March 2, 1921; funeral services were held in the Hall of the House of Representatives
  • Interment in City Cemetery, Bowling Green, Mo.

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