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John Clark (Georgia governor)

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John Clark
John Clark.jpg
BornFebruary 28, 1766
DiedOctober 12, 1832 (aged 66)
OccupationPlanter, politician
RelativesElijah Clarke (father), Edward Clark (nephew)

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

Early life

Clark was born in 1766 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Along with his father, Elijah Clarke, Clark fought in the American Revolutionary War at the Battle of Kettle Creek and served in the Georgia militia.

He moved to Wilkes County, Georgia, in the early 1770s. He became a major general in 1796.

Political career

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

Clark served in the Georgia House of Representatives before he was elected to consecutive two-year terms as the 31st Governor, from 1819 to 1823. During his term, he successfully defended states' rights in a US Supreme Court case, Ex parte Madrazzo, over a Spanish citizen who claimed that he owned some of Clark's slaves.

Personal life

Clark resided at Woodville, a plantation in Milledgeville, Georgia.[1] He was married to Nancy Clark.

Death and legacy

Clark died of yellow fever in St. Andrews Bay (Florida) in 1832 in what was then Washington County (now Bay County) and was buried in that same city; however, his grave was relocated to Marietta National Cemetery in Georgia in 1923 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Clarkesville, Georgia[2] and Clarke County, Alabama are 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. ^ "Clarkesville". Explore Georgia. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Clarke County: A Brief History". Clarke County Historical Museum. Retrieved 3 January 2009.


External links

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