John Bullock Clark

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John Clark
John Bullock Clark, Senior.jpg
Member of the C.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd district
In office
February 18, 1864 – May 10, 1865
Preceded by Caspar Bell
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Confederate States Senator
from Missouri
In office
February 18, 1862 – February 18, 1864
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by George Vest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd district
In office
December 7, 1857 – July 13, 1861
Preceded by James Lindley
Succeeded by William Hall
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1802-04-17)April 17, 1802
Madison County, Kentucky, US
Died October 29, 1885(1885-10-29) (aged 83)
Fayette, Missouri, US
Political party Democratic

John Bullock Clark, Sr. (April 17, 1802 – October 29, 1885) was a member of both the United States Congress and the Confederate Congress.


John B. Clark Sr was born in Madison County, Kentucky, a nephew of Congressmen Christopher Henderson Clark and James Clark. He attended the country schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1824. Establishing a law practice in Fayette, Missouri, he served as clerk of the Howard County courts from 1824 until 1834.

Clark was commissioned colonel of Missouri Mounted Volunteers during the Black Hawk War in 1832, and was selected to command Missouri state forces during the Missouri Mormon War. Governor Lilburn Boggs addressed his infamous Extermination Order to Clark, directing that the Mormons be "exterminated, or driven from the state." He was promoted to major general of the state militia in 1848.

Entering politics, Clark was a member of the State house of representatives in 1850 and 1851. He was appointed as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James S. Green. He was reelected to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses and served from December 7, 1857, until July 13, 1861, when he was expelled for having taken up arms against the Union. He was replaced by William Augustus Hall.

Clark served as a Senator from Missouri in the First Confederate Congress and a Representative in the Second Confederate Congress. He also served in the field as a brigadier general in the Missouri State Guard. Eight days prior to his being expelled from the U.S. Congress, Brigadier General Clark fought at the July 5, 1861 Battle of Carthage.

On November 10, 1865 Major General Philip Sheridan recommended the release of Senator Clark from confinement at Fort Jackson due to poor health.[1]

After the war, he practiced law until his death in Fayette, Missouri. He was buried in Fayette Cemetery.

His son, John Bullock Clark, Jr. served as a general in the Confederate States Army as well as a postbellum U.S. Congressman.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Philip, Sheridan. "War of the Rebellion: Serial 121 Page 0794". Ohio State University. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Lindley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William Hall
Confederate States Senate
New constituency Confederate States Senator (Class 1) from Missouri
Served alongside: Robert Peyton, Waldo Johnson
Succeeded by
George Vest
Confederate States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Caspar Bell
Member of the C.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd congressional district

Constituency abolished