Reader W. Clarke

Reader Wright Clarke ( born May 18, 1812 in Bethel, Clermont County, Ohio; † May 23, 1872 in Batavia, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1865 and 1869 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Reader Clarke served an apprenticeship in the printing trade. After a subsequent law degree in 1836 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Batavia to work in this profession. Politically, he then joined the Whig party on. For some years he was editor of a party newspaper in Shawneetown (Illinois ). Between 1840 and 1842 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio. In the presidential election of 1844 he was one of the electors for the Whigs. From 1846 to 1852 he worked for the court administration in Clermont County. After the dissolution of the Whigs, he joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854.

In the congressional elections of 1864 Clarke was in the sixth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Chilton A. White on March 4, 1865. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1869 two legislative sessions. During this time, ended the civil war. Since 1865 the work of the Congress was overshadowed by the tensions between the Republicans and President Andrew Johnson, which culminated in a narrowly failed impeachment. In the years 1865 and 1868 the 13th and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified.

Between March 1869 and March 1870 Reader Clarke worked for the revision in the Ministry of Finance ( Third Auditor of the Treasury ). After that, he worked for the IRS in Ohio. He died on 23 May 1872 in Batavia, where he was also buried.