Charles B. Clark

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Charles B. Clark
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by Richard W. Guenther
Succeeded by Lucas Miltiades Miller
Member of the
Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
Mayor of Neenah, Wisconsin
In office
Personal details
Born (1844-08-24)August 24, 1844
Theresa, New York
Died September 10, 1891(1891-09-10) (aged 47)
Watertown, New York
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery
Neenah, Wisconsin
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Caroline F. Hubbard Clark
(m. 1867–1891, his death)
Children 2 daughters, 1 son
Residence Neenah, Wisconsin
Profession Merchant, manufacturing (paper) executive
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch US Department of the Army Seal.png U.S. Army
Years of service 1862–1865
Rank Army-USA-OR-02.svg Private to
US-O2 insignia.svg First lieutenant
Unit Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, 21st Regiment, Company I
Battles/wars Civil War

Charles Benjamin Clark (August 24, 1844 – September 10, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin and one of the founders of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Neenah.[1][2]

Born in Theresa, New York, Clark attended the common schools. He moved to Wisconsin in 1855 with his widowed mother, who settled in Neenah, about forty miles (60 km) southwest of Green Bay. The Civil War began in 1861 when he was sixteen, and he enlisted in Company I, Twenty-first Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, when it was formed and served with the same unit, rising from private to first sergeant to first lieutenant.

Clark engaged in mercantile pursuits, banking, and the manufacture of paper, notably Clark was a founder of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1872.[1][2] He served as mayor of Neenah (1880–83), was a member of its city council of from 1883 to 1885, and became a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1885.

Clark was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 1887 – March 1891). An unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890, he died the following September at age 47 at Watertown, New York, while on a visit to his old home. Clark was interred in Wisconsin at Oak Hill Cemetery in Neenah.

ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah, opened 98 years ago in 1909 as Theda Clark Memorial Hospital, was named for his eldest child. Theda Clark Peters (1871–1903) died after childbirth at home at age 32 and the Clark family established the hospital.


  1. ^ a b "Founding to the invention of Cellucotton". Kimberly Clark Neenah. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Usher, Ellis Baker (1914). Wisconsin: its story and biography, 1848-1913. Volume VI. Chicago, New York: Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 1651–1653. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard W. Guenther
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1891
Succeeded by
Lucas Miltiades Miller