James West Clark

James West Clark ( * October 15, 1779 in Bertie County, North Carolina, † December 20, 1843 in Tarboro, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1815 and 1817 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Clark attended Princeton College to 1779. He then began a career in politics. In the years 1802, 1803 and 1811, he was elected as a Democratic-Republican Party in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In the presidential election of 1812, he was one of the electors for James Madison. Between 1812 and 1814 Clark was a member of the Senate of North Carolina.

In the congressional elections of 1814 he was in the third constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Kennedy on March 4, 1815. Until March 3, 1817, he was able to complete a term in Congress. Until 1829, he was not politically active. Then he was from 1829 to 1831 Head of Department (Chief Clerk ) under Secretary of the Navy John Branch. From this office he stepped back simultaneously with Branch in 1831 in connection with the so-called Petticoat Affair.

Private Clark was a wealthy planter and landowner. He owned lands in North Carolinia, Tennessee and Alabama. Manages its plantations, he used slaves. Later he specialized in Alabama on the trade in slaves. He was involved among other things in the operation of a channel. James Clark died on 20 December 1843 in Tarboro. His son Henry was in the years 1861 and 1862 in the Confederate governor of North Carolina.