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Edward Clark Edward Clark
Full Name: Edward Clark
Date of birth: April 1, 1815
Date of death: May 4, 1880

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 3 Elected but never sworn 2nd (1) (2) (3)   1st (4) (5) (6)     Marshall / Harrison   Harrison
H Harrison Elected but never sworn 1st (4) (5) (6)     Marshall / Harrison   Harrison, Panola, Upshur
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, Texas Democrat, 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) 2nd Legislature - 12/13/1847, p. 3. Listed in "Roll of Districts being called - The following Senators presented their credentials, took the oath prescribed by the Constitution and their seats." Senate Journal.
(4) Edward Clark, in special election 11/1/1847, sworn in 2nd Legislature, succeeded unexpired term of William T. Scott, resigned 6/5/1847. Clark elected but never sworn in 1st Legislature. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, Texas Democrat, 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(6) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, Texas Democrat, 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Edward Clark, p. 66. 8th Governor of Texas. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • CLARK, EDWARD (1815-1880). In 1841 Clark moved to Texas and opened a law practice in Marshall. He fled briefly to Mexico at the end of the Civil War, but returned home to Marshall, Texas, where he died. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • 7th Lieutenant Governor: Edward Clark. Portrait and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 99; political career, pp. 152-153; presiding officer of the Citizens Party nominating meeting, 10/12/1878, p. 339. A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850-1880, 1983.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait (Governor during 8th Legislature). Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860.
  • Biographical sketch, "Governor by Chance," by Archie P. McDonald. Clark was elevated to the Governor's office in 1861 when Governor Sam Houston refused to take an oath pledging allegiance to the new and separate governments of Texas and the Confederacy. Texas Escapes Online Magazine.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Mexican War, "served on the staff of Gen. J. Pinckney Henderson . . . received a citation for bravery in the battle of Monterrey."
    Confederate States Army, Colonel, 14th Texas Infantry, served as part of Walker's Texas Division. "He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general before his discharge, but the promotion may not have been confirmed by the Richmond government." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel, Brigadier General. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Edward Clark. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, pp. 21, 106-107, Plate No. 56. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Other Resources
  • Governor of Texas 1861. Legislative Reference Library, Governors of Texas, 1846-present.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Edward Clark, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
  • Committee Informationtop
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Education  
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    1st R.S. - 1846
    County Boundaries  
    General Land Office, Select  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary  
    Rules  
    State Affairs (Chair) 
     

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