John C. Clark

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John C. Clark
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
In office
1827–1829, 1837–1843
Preceded by Elias Whitmore, William Mason
Succeeded by Robert Monell, Jeremiah E. Cary
Personal details
Born January 14, 1793
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Died October 25, 1852 (aged 59)
Elmira, New York
Political party Jacksonian

John Chamberlain Clark (January 14, 1793 – October 25, 1852) was a United States Representative from New York.


Clark was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on January 14, 1793. He graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1811. Clark then studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Hamilton, New York.

In 1818 Clark moved to Bainbridge. A Democratic-Republican, then a Jacksonian, and later a Democrat, he served as District Attorney]] of Chenango County from 1823 to 1827. In 1826 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives 21 District, and he served in the 20th United States Congress, March 4, 1827 to March 3, 1829. He resumed practicing law, and in 1836 returned to the U.S. House, again representing the 21st District. He began his term as a Democrat, but switched to the Whig Party in 1837 because he favored continuation of the Second Bank of the United States rather than the independent Treasury favored by President Martin Van Buren and the Democrats. Clark was reelected to Congress as a Whig in 1838 and 1840, serving in the 26th and 27th Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843).

Clark did not run for reelection in 1842, and resumed practicing law. He later moved to Chemung County and became active in the lumber business. Following the Whig victory in the 1848 election for President, Clark was appointed First Auditor of the Treasury, and he served from August 2, 1849 to October 31, 1849. He was Solicitor of the United States Treasury from October 31, 1849 until his death.

Clark died in Elmira on October 25, 1852. He was buried at St. Peter’s Churchyard in Bainbridge.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elias Whitmore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert Monell
Preceded by
William Mason
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
Jeremiah E. Cary