Frank Gay Clarke

Frank Gay Clarke (September 10, 1850 – January 9, 1901) was an American politician, lawyer, and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Frank Gay Clarke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1897 – January 9, 1901
Preceded byHenry Moore Baker
Succeeded byFrank Dunklee Currier
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Speaker of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byHiram D. Upton
Succeeded byRobert N. Chamberlain
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1850-09-10)September 10, 1850
Wilton, Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
DiedJanuary 9, 1901(1901-01-09) (aged 50)
Peterborough, Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Resting placePine Hill Cemetery
Peterborough, Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Frances A. Brooks Clarke
ChildrenMabel Frances Clarke
ParentsMoses Clarke
Julia Gay Clarke
Alma materDartmouth College
Military service
Years of service1885 - 1887
Unitstaff of Governor Hale

Early lifeEdit

Born in Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Clarke attended Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1873.[1] He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1876. He began his practice in Peterborough.


Clarke served as member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1885. He was appointed Colonel on the military staff of Governor Hale and served in that capacity from 1885 to 1887. He was elected and served in the New Hampshire Senate in 1889; was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1891, and was chosen Speaker of that body.[2]

Elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses, Clarke served as United States Representative for the second district of New Hampshire from March 4, 1897, until his death.[3]


Clarke died of an aneurysm in Peterborough on January 9, 1901[4] (age 50 years, 121 days). He is interred at Pine Hill Cemetery, Peterborough.

Family lifeEdit

Son of Moses and Julia Gay, Clarke married Frances A. Brooks on May 13, 1875 and they had one daughter, Mabel Frances.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dartmouth College (1898). Catalogue. Dartmouth College, 1898. p. 60. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  2. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century: Accurate and Succinct Biographies of Famous Men and Women in All Walks of Life who are Or Have Been the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States Since Its Formation. American Publishers' Association, 1904 - Biography. p. 222. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  3. ^ Neale, Walter. Autobiographies and portraits of the President, cabinet, Supreme court, and Fifty-fifth Congress, Volume 1. The Neale company, 1899 - Political Science. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  4. ^ United States Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Frank G. Clarke (late a Representative from New Hampshire): Delivered in the House of Representatives and the Senate. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1901 - Legislators. p. 5. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  5. ^ Dartmouth College (1899). Necrology. Dartmouth College 1899. p. 84. Retrieved 9 July 2014. Frank Gay Clarke Dartmouth College.

External linksEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Moore Baker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1897 – January 9, 1901
Succeeded by
Frank Dunklee Currier
Political offices
Preceded by
Hiram D. Upton
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Robert N. Chamberlain

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website