Reader W. Clarke

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Reader Wright Clarke
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byChilton A. White
Succeeded byJohn Armstrong Smith
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Clermont County district
In office
December 7, 1840 – December 4, 1842
Serving with Gideon Dunham
Robert B. Harlan
Stephen Evans
Preceded byT. J. Buchanan
Succeeded byThomas Ross
D. Fisher
John D. White
Moses Rees
Third Auditor of the Treasury
In office
March 26, 1869 – March 26, 1870
Preceded byJohn Wilson
Succeeded byAllan Rutherford
Personal details
Born(1812-05-18)May 18, 1812
Bethel, Ohio
DiedMay 23, 1872(1872-05-23) (aged 60)
Batavia, Ohio
Resting placeUnion Cemetey, Batavia
Political partyWhig

Reader Wright Clarke (May 18, 1812 – May 23, 1872) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Bethel, Ohio, Clarke learned the art of printing. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Batavia, Ohio. Published a Whig paper in Shawneetown, Illinois, for a few years. He returned to Batavia, Ohio. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1840–1842. Presidential elector in 1844 for Whigs Clay/Frelinghuysen.[1] He served as clerk of the court of Clermont County 1846–1852.

Clarke was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869). Third auditor of the Treasury from March 26, 1869, to March 26, 1870. He was appointed collector of internal revenue in Ohio. He died in Batavia, Ohio, May 23, 1872. He was interred in Union Cemetery.


  1. ^ Taylor 1899 : 255
  • United States Congress. "Reader W. Clarke (id: C000468)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 ... 1. State of Ohio. p. 255.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chilton A. White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
John A. Smith