James Paul Clarke
James Paul Clarke
|18th Governor of Arkansas|
January 8, 1895 – January 12, 1897
|Preceded by||William Meade Fishback|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Webster Jones|
|United States Senator
March 4, 1903 – October 1, 1916
|Preceded by||James K. Jones|
|Succeeded by||William F. Kirby|
|Born||August 18, 1854
Yazoo City, Mississippi
|Died||October 1, 1916
Little Rock, Arkansas
|Resting place||Oakland Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
Clarke was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. His father died when Clarke was seven years old, and he was raised by his mother. Clarke attended public schools as well as Tutwilder's Academy in Greenbrier, Alabama. He graduated with a law degree at the University of Virginia in 1878. Clarke was admitted to the bar in 1879, and practiced law at Helena, Arkansas.
Clarke was elected Attorney General of Arkansas and served from 1892 to 1894. He served as Governor of Arkansas from 1895 to 1896. His term was largely unsuccessful and his legislation to end prizefighting and establish four year terms for state officers failed. After leaving office in 1897, he moved his permanent residence to Little Rock, Arkansas and practiced law.
Clarke was elected to the United States Senate in 1903, and served until his death in 1916. He served as President pro tempore of the United States Senate during the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses.
Death and legacy
Clarke died in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock.
- "James Paul Clarke (1895–1897)". Old State House Museum. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- "Arkansas Governor James Paul Clarke". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- "James Paul Clarke". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: James Paul Clarke
- James Paul Clarke at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Find A Grave
- Old State House Museum
William Meade Fishback
|Governor of Arkansas
Daniel Webster Jones
|United States Senate|
James K. Jones
|United States Senator (Class 3) from Arkansas
William F. Kirby
Rotating pro tems
|President pro tempore of the United States Senate
March 13, 1913 – October 1, 1916
Willard Saulsbury, Jr.