John Arthur Clark

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John Arthur Clark
Member of Parliament
for Burrard
In office
December 1921 – October 1925
Preceded by Sanford Johnston Crowe
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Member of Parliament
for Vancouver—Burrard
In office
October 1925 – May 1930
Preceded by riding created
Succeeded by Wilfred Hanbury
23rd President of the Canadian Bar Association
In office
Preceded by E. Gordon Gowling, K.C.
Succeeded by André Taschereau, c.r.
Personal details
Born John Arthur Clark
(1886-06-08)8 June 1886
Dundas, Ontario
Died 18 January 1976(1976-01-18) (aged 89)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jean A. McGillivray
m. 24 June 1914[1]
Profession Barrister and solicitor
Military service
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1914–19
Rank Brigadier General
Unit The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
Commands 7th Canadian Brigade (1918–19)
72nd Seaforth Highlanders (1915–18)

First World War

Awards Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order & Two Bars
Mentioned in Despatches (5)

Brigadier General John Arthur Clark, CMG, DSO & Two Bars, QC (8 June 1886 – 18 January 1976) was a Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons. He was born in Dundas, Ontario and became a barrister and solicitor.

Clark attended secondary school in Vancouver, then studied at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, earning Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees. During his career, he was part of the law firm Wilson and Clark. He served as a soldier during World War I, from 1914 to 1918 as commander of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders and from 1918 to the war's end with the 7th Canadian Brigade (3rd Canadian Division). His awards include the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) and the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) with two Bars.[1]

He was first elected to Parliament at the Burrard riding in the 1921 general election. With riding boundary changes, Clark became a candidate for Vancouver—Burrard and won election there in 1925 and 1926. After completing his third House of Commons term, the 16th Canadian Parliament, Clark left federal politics and did not seek re-election in the 1930 election.

Clark served as president of the Canadian Bar Association from 1951–52.[2]


  1. ^ a b Normandin, A.L. (1929). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Ottawa: Mortimer Company. 
  2. ^ Canadian Bar Association: Past CBA Presidents

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