Clark, Champ

Clark, Champ
orig. James Beauchamp Clark

born March 7, 1850, near Lawrenceburg, Ky., U.S.
died March 2, 1921, Washington, D.C.

U.S. politician.

Clark moved to Missouri in 1876 and settled at Bowling Green. He was successively a newspaper editor, a prosecuting attorney, and a state legislator; he was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served 13 terms (1893–95, 1897–1921). A follower of William Jennings Bryan, he supported agrarian measures. As a member of the House rules committee in 1910, he led the revolt against Joseph Cannon and succeeded him as speaker (1911–19). At the 1912 Democratic Party convention, Clark was a leading contender for the presidential nomination until Bryan switched his support to Woodrow Wilson.

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▪ American politician
byname  of James Beauchamp Clark  
born March 7, 1850, near Lawrenceburg, Ky., U.S.
died March 2, 1921, Washington, D.C.
 speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1911–19) who narrowly lost the presidential nomination to Woodrow Wilson at the 1912 Democratic Convention on the 46th ballot.

      Clark moved to Missouri in 1876 and settled at Bowling Green. He was successively a country newspaper editor, city attorney, county prosecuting attorney, and Missouri state legislator, and he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 13 terms (1893–95, 1897–1921).

      A follower of Democratic and Populist leader William Jennings Bryan, Clark consistently supported legislation favoured by Western and Southern agrarians. As a member of the Rules Committee and Democratic floor leader, he revolted against Speaker Joseph G. Cannon's dictatorial control over the House in 1910. His reminiscences, My Quarter Century of American Politics, were published in 1920.

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