John Hopkins Clarke

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John Hopkins Clarke
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byJames F. Simmons
Succeeded byPhilip Allen
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1789-04-01)April 1, 1789
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedNovember 23, 1870(1870-11-23) (aged 81)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyWhig
ChildrenEdward Clarke
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Manufacturer

John Hopkins Clarke (April 1, 1789 – November 23, 1870) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he moved to Providence where he studied under a private teacher. He graduated from Brown University in 1809, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Providence in 1812. He was clerk of the supreme court of Providence County in 1813 and proprietor of a distillery in Cranston until 1824 when he became a cotton manufacturer in Providence, Pontiac, and Woonsocket. He was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1836 to 1842 and from 1845 to 1847.

Clarke was elected as a Whig to the US Senate and served from March 4, 1847, to March 4, 1853; he resumed his former manufacturing pursuits and died in Providence in 1870. Interment was in the North Burial Ground.


  • United States Congress. "John Hopkins Clarke (id: C000466)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
James F. Simmons
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Rhode Island
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853
Served alongside: Albert C. Greene and Charles T. James
Succeeded by
Philip Allen