John Clark (Georgia governor)
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John Clark (sometimes spelled Clarke) (February 28, 1766 – October 12, 1832) was an American planter and politician.
|Born||February 28, 1766|
|Died||October 12, 1832 (aged 66)|
|Relatives||Edward Clark (nephew)|
Clark was born in 1766 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Along with his father, Elijah Clarke, Clark fought in the American Revolutionary War at the Battle of Kettle Creek and served in the Georgia militia.
Clark served in the Georgia House of Representatives prior to being elected to consecutive two-year terms as the 31st Governor, from 1819 to 1823. During his term, he successfully defended states' rights in a US Supreme Court, Ex parte Madrazzo, over a Spanish citizen who claimed that he owned some of Clark's slaves.
Death and legacyEdit
Clark died of yellow fever in St. Andrews Bay (Florida) in 1832 in what was then Washington County (now Bay County) and was buried in that same city; however, his grave was relocated to Marietta National Cemetery in Georgia in 1923 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
- "National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form: Westover, or Clark-Bentley House". National Park Service. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
- "Clarkesville". Explore Georgia. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
- "Clarke County: A Brief History". Clarke County Historical Museum. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- "John Clark (1766-1832)," New Georgia Encyclopedia.
- Georgia State Archives Roster of State Governors
- Georgia Governor's Gravesites Field Guide (1776-2003)
- Georgia Secretary of State official website
- John Clark House historical marker