James Murdoch Clark


James Murdoch Clark

Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 12 Feb 1947 (aged 83)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section P
Memorial ID 120141625 View Source

James Murdoch Clark, youngest son of William and Margaret D. (Mevey) Clark, was born on a farm located on the edge of the town of Washington, Washington county, Pennsylvania, December 15, 1863, and had the usual experience of a boy on a farm —- enjoying the wide freedom of work in the great out-of-doors, where wide horizons invite to long thoughts, where pure air and vigorous exercise enrich the life blood, and where rest, deep and abundant, follows the day's toil. Mr. Clark received his early education in the public schools of the district and then entered Washington and Jefferson College, from which he was graduated in 1884, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Having chosen the profession of law as his life-work, he then entered the law school of Columbia University, New York City, where he was graduated LL. D., class of 1887, and the same year received from the School of Political Science, Columbia University, the degree of Master of Arts.

He began practice at once, in Los Angeles, California, where he remained until 1890, and then came to Pittsburgh. Here he has steadily risen to a thoroughly well-deserved position of prominence and influence. His clear, keen, effectively-organized mind, combined with his ability to speak convincingly, have served his clients well, and brought to himself professional reputation and the esteem of his associates. His clientele is a large one, yet with all the exacting demands of his profession, Mr. Clark has given himself freely to the social side of life.

Mr. Clark is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar Association; and of the Allegheny County Bar Association; the Duquesne, Oakmont Country, Pittsburgh Country, Edgeworth, the Americus Republican, and Pittsburgh Athletic clubs, all of Pittsburgh; the Columbia University Club, New York City; and of the Alumni Association of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania, and the Alumni Association of Columbia University, New York City. His fraternal affiliation is with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. ?, of Pittsburgh. Politically he is a Republican, and represented the old
Twenty-first Ward of Pittsburgh in the Select Council from 1898 to 1902. While Mr. Clark is not at present connected officially with the banking interests of the Pittsburgh district, he was for twenty years a director of the Homewood People's Bank, of Homewood; was for several years a director of the Real Estate Trust Company of Washington, Pennsylvania; and of the Park Bank, of Pittsburgh. For four years he has been a member of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission, especially active in city zoning and planning the Boulevard of the Allies. He is a member and trustee of the Point Breeze Presbyterian Church; a member of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania; and of the Greek Letter fraternity of Beta Theta Pi.

On May 3, 1893, in Washington, Pennsylvania, Mr. Clark married Jean McClane Swan, daughter of William and Sarah (McClane) Swan, her father a newspaper man, owner and publisher of the "Review and Examiner" at Washington, Pennsylvania, from 1850 to 1876. James M. and Jean McClane (Swan) Clark are the parents of three children: James Murdoch, Jr., born April 14, 1901, died November 7, 1919, while preparing for Yale University; Janet Swan, born November 15, 1904, died February 1, 1906; and Margaret, born December 20, 1913.

(Source: Courts and Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Frank Marshall Eastman, p. 279-80.)

Obituary from the Pittsburgh Press, 13 Feb 1947, p. 34

James M. Clark
Funeral services for James M. Clark, former city public safety director, will be held tonight at 8 o’clock in the H. Samson funeral home, 537 Neville St. Burial will be in Washington, Pa.
Mr. Clark, who was 83, died yesterday in Presbyterian Hospital after a month’s illness. He served in the cabinet of Mayor Charles H. Kline from 1926 until 1933. Since then, he had been in virtual retirement. He lived at 5168 Beeler St.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clark, Mr. Clark was born near Washington, Pa. He practiced law briefly in Los Angeles, then began practice here in 1890.
Mr. Clark is survived by his widow, Mrs. Virginia Gordon Clark; a daughter, Mrs. Elbert Seeley, and a sister, Margaret, of Washington, PA.

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