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date: 22 October 2019

Clark, Charleslocked

(24 May 1811–17 December 1877)
  • William L. Barney

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Clark, Charles (24 May 1811–17 December 1877), governor of Mississippi and Confederate general, was born the son of James Clark and Charlotte Alter, farmers. The third of ten children in a Methodist family that had moved from Maryland to Ohio, Clark graduated from Augusta College in Kentucky in 1831. He then accompanied an uncle to Mississippi, read law and then practiced law and taught school in Natchez. In 1835 he moved to Fayette in Jefferson County upon his marriage to Ann Eliza Darden, who was to bear him a son and three daughters. Espousing the pro-banking and internal improvements policies of Clay Whiggery, he served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1838 to 1844. During the Mexican War he raised a volunteer company and served as colonel of the Second Mississippi Infantry....

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