Civil War Confederate Brigadier General, US Congressman. Born in Kentucky, he was admitted to the bar in 1824, opened a law practice in Fayette, Missouri and served as clerk of the Howard County courts, 1824 to 1834. During the Black Hawk War 1832, he served as a Colonel of the Missouri Mounted Volunteers and was commissioned a Major General of State Militia in 1848. In 1857, he appointed as a Democratic to the Thirty-fifth Congress and reelected to the next two succeeding congresses serving until 1861. During the Civil War, he served as Brigadier General in command of Missouri's Confederate 3rd Division of Militia and led his troops at the Battle of Wilson's Creek in August 1861. He also served as a Representative in the Second Confederate Congress in 1863. Confederate General John B. Clark, Jr. was his son. After the war, he resumed the practice of law until his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith