Richard Henry Clarke

Richard Henry Clarke ( born February 9, 1843 in Dayton, Marengo County, Alabama; † September 26, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri) was an American lawyer and politician (Democratic Party).


Richard Henry Clarke visited the Green Springs Academy and then graduated in July 1861 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. During the American Civil War he served in the Confederate Army, where he held the rank of lieutenant in the 1st Battalion Alabama Artillery. After the war he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1867 and then began to practice in Dayton. He later moved to Demopolis ( Alabama), where he continued to work as a lawyer. Clarke held 1872-1876 a position as a solicitor in Marengo County. Then he was 1876-1877 Attorney at 7th Judicial District of Alabama. He then moved to Mobile ( Alabama), where he pursued his activities as a lawyer again. Clarke was elected to the 51st U.S. Congress and reelected to the three succeeding U.S. Congresses. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives on 4 March 1889 to 3 March 1897. Clarke decided against another run for the U.S. Congress, but made ​​in 1896 made an unsuccessful run for the office of the Governor of Alabama. Then he went back to his work as a lawyer after. Clarke in 1900 and 1901 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Alabama over the years.

Richard Henry Clarke died in 1906 in St. Louis, his body was then transferred to Mobile, where he was buried in the Magnolia Cemetery.