John Clark (Georgia governor)

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John Clark
John Clark.jpg
Born February 28, 1766
Died October 12, 1832 (aged 66)
Occupation Planter, politician
Relatives Edward Clark (nephew)

John Clark (sometimes spelled Clarke) (February 28, 1766 – October 12, 1832) was an American planter and politician.

Early life[edit]

John Clark was born on February 28, 1766 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Along with his father, Elijah Clarke, Clark fought in the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Kettle Creek. He moved to Wilkes County, Georgia in the early 1770s.


John Clark's gravestone at the Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia

Clark served in the Georgia House of Representatives prior to being elected to consecutive two-year terms as the 31st Governor from 1819 to 1824. Clark also served in the Georgia Militia during the American Revolution and achieved the rank of Major General in 1796. While governor of Georgia he was involved in the U.S. Supreme Court case known as Ex parte Madrazzo.

Personal life[edit]

Clark resided at Woodville, a Southern plantation in Milledgeville, Georgia]].[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

Clark died of yellow fever in St. Andrews Bay (Florida) in what was then Washington County (currently Bay County) and was buried in that same city; however, his grave was relocated to Marietta National Cemetery[2] in Georgia in 1923 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Clarke County, Alabama is named after him.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form: Westover, or Clark-Bentley House". National Park Service. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ John Clark at Find a Grave
  3. ^ "Clarke County: A Brief History". Clarke County Historical Museum. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 


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Political offices
Preceded by
Matthew Talbot
Governor of Georgia
Succeeded by
George Troup