Martin L. Clardy

Martin Linn Clardy (* April 26, 1844 in Farmington, Missouri; † July 5, 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1879 and 1889 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Martin Clardy received an academic education. He studied at the Saint Louis University, the University of Mississippi in Oxford and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. During the Civil War Clardy served in the army of the Confederacy, where he rose to become major. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began in Farmington to work in this profession. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1884 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, was nominated to the Grover Cleveland as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1878 he was the first electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican Anthony F. Ittner on March 4, 1879. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1889 five legislative sessions. Since 1883 he represented there as a successor of Joseph Henry Burrows tenth district of his state. Between 1885 and 1887 Clardy was Chairman of the Mining Committee; 1887 to 1889 he headed the Trade Committee. In 1888, he was not confirmed.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Clardy again practiced as a lawyer in Farmington. In 1894 he moved to St. Louis, where he headed the legal department of two railway companies. Since 1909 he was additionally vice president of these companies. Martin Clardy died on July 5, 1914 in St. Louis, where he was also buried.