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James S. Clarkson (May 17, 1842 – May 30, 1918) was born in Brookville, Indiana, but raised a native of Polk County, Iowa. Clarkson was a delegate to each Republican National Convention from 1876 to 1896; a member of the Republican National Committee from 1880 to 1896; chairman of the Committee from 1891 to 1892, and President of the Republican League of the United States from 1891 to 1893. He died at the home of his son in Newark, New Jersey with his wife by his side. Clarkson was buried in the family mausoleum in Des Moines, Iowa.

James S. Clarkson
12th Chairman of the Republican National Committee
In office
Preceded byMatthew S. Quay
Succeeded byThomas H. Carter
Personal details
Born(1842-05-17)May 17, 1842
Brookville, Indiana
DiedMay 30, 1918(1918-05-30) (aged 76)
Newark, New Jersey


Party political offices
Preceded by
Matthew S. Quay
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Carter