CLARK, James Beauchamp (Champ), (father of Joel Bennett Clark),
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.
My Quarter Century of American Politics. 2 vols. New York:
Harper, 1920; Morrison, Geoffrey F. A Political Biography of Champ Clark.
Ph.D. diss., St. Louis University, 1972.