Barzilla W. Clark

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Barzilla W. Clark
16th Governor of Idaho
In office
January 4, 1937 – January 2, 1939
Lieutenant Charles C. Gossett
Preceded by C. Ben Ross
Succeeded by C. A. Bottolfsen
Personal details
Born Barzilla Worth Clark
(1880-12-22)December 22, 1880
Hendricks County, Indiana
Died September 21, 1943(1943-09-21) (aged 62)
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Resting place Rose Hill Cemetery
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ethel Salome Peck Clark
(m. 1905–1943, his death)
Children 1 son, 3 daughters
Residence Idaho Falls
Profession Engineer
Religion Methodist

Barzilla Worth Clark (December 22, 1880, in Hendricks County, Indiana – September 21, 1943, in Idaho Falls, Idaho) was a politician from Idaho. He served as the 16th Governor of Idaho from 1937 to 1939, and was a member of the Idaho Democratic Party.[1]


Born in Hadley, Indiana, in 1881, Clark made the journey by narrow-gauge railroad in 1885 with his family to Eagle Rock (now called Idaho Falls). He attended Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana, but cut short his education due to a lung injury during track.[2] He returned to Idaho and engaged in farming, mining, and cattle raising. On October 26, 1905, he married Ethel Salome Peck[3] and they had four children.


Clark became a licensed engineer in 1905 and worked as a civil engineer. His reservoir on the Blackfoot River was purchased by the government and his plan for impounding Lost River was merged into Mackay Dam [4] After two terms as councilman he served as mayor of Idaho Falls from 1913 to 1915 and again from 1926 to 1936. During this term, the city built the Municipal Hydroelectric Plant No. 1.[5]

Clark's interest turned to Idaho mines until he was again elected mayor of Idaho Falls in 1927 and served in that office until his inauguration as governor on January 4, 1937. During his tenure, a state tuberculosis hospital was authorized, a judicious pardon and parole system was installed, and junior college districts were installed. He left office January 2, 1939, and returned to Idaho Falls and his private interests.Clark's younger brother, Chase Clark, also served as governor of Idaho, and was the father-in-law of Frank Church, a four-term U.S. Senator and presidential candidate in 1976.


Clark died of lung cancer at age 62 in Idaho Falls on September 21, 1943; he is interred at Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls.[6]


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  2. ^ "Barzilla W. Clark". National Governors Association. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Barzilla W. Clark". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Barzilla W. Clark". University of Idaho Library. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Barzilla W. Clark". University of Idaho Library. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Barzilla W. Clark". Find A Grave. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
C. Ben Ross
Democratic Party nominee, Governor of Idaho
1936 (won)
Succeeded by
C. Ben Ross
Political offices
Preceded by
C. Ben Ross
Governor of Idaho
January 4, 1937 – January 2, 1939
Succeeded by
C. A. Bottolfsen