James Paul Clarke

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The Honorable
James Paul Clarke
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18th Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 8, 1895 – January 12, 1897
Preceded by William Meade Fishback
Succeeded by Daniel Webster Jones
United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
March 4, 1903 – October 1, 1916
Preceded by James K. Jones
Succeeded by William F. Kirby
Personal details
Born August 18, 1854
Yazoo City, Mississippi
Died October 1, 1916(1916-10-01) (aged 62)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Resting place Oakland Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession Lawyer

James Paul Clarke (August 18, 1854 – October 1, 1916) was a United States Senator and the 18th Governor of Arkansas.


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.[1] 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 served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1886 to 1888. He became a member of the Arkansas Senate from 1888 to 1892, and served as president of the Senate in 1891.

James Paul Clarke

Clarke was elected Attorney General of Arkansas and served from 1892 to 1894. He served as Governor of Arkansas from 1895 to 1896.[2] 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.

Clarke's statue is one of two statues that was presented by the State of Arkansas to the National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol.[3]

See also


  1. "James Paul Clarke (1895–1897)". Old State House Museum. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. "Arkansas Governor James Paul Clarke". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  3. "James Paul Clarke". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Meade Fishback
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Daniel Webster Jones
United States Senate
Preceded by
James K. Jones
United States Senator (Class 3) from Arkansas
Succeeded by
William F. Kirby
Preceded by
Rotating pro tems
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
March 13, 1913 – October 1, 1916
Succeeded by
Willard Saulsbury, Jr.