Robert L. Clarke

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Robert L. Clarke
Robert L. Clarke
Portrait of Eugene Ludwig
Comptroller of the Currency
In office
Preceded by C. T. Conover
Succeeded by Eugene Ludwig
Personal details
Born (1942-06-29) June 29, 1942 (age 74)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Occupation Attorney

Robert L. Clarke (born June 29, 1942) was Comptroller of the Currency of the United States[1] from 1985 to 1992. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[2]

Robert L. Clarke, a Texas banking attorney, was named Comptroller by President Ronald Reagan. His tenure coincided with an era of extraordinary turbulence in financial institutions and the financial marketplace in the United States.

Under Clarke, the agency strengthened its managerial and supervisory capabilities to deal with changes and stresses in the national banking system. Clarke led the effort to expand the national bank powers in order to better meet the competition from non-bank providers of financial services. His leadership helped to reduce the costs of bank failures and to restore the safety and soundness of the national banking system. He returned to the practice of law after his term as Comptroller.


  1. ^ "Clarke's Tenure as Comptroller of the Currency Is Threatened". New York Times. 27 September 1991. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
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Government offices
Preceded by
C. T. Conover
Comptroller of the Currency
Succeeded by
Eugene Ludwig