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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.
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Deep South: Alabamas Dead Shoes Senatorial Primary of 1906.
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