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Clarence Don Clark (1851–1930), 2nd g-grand uncle

Clarence Don Clark - photo from a family album of Elizabeth Hamlin Hylbom (1901-1982)

Clarence Don Clark – photo from a family album of Elizabeth Hamlin Hylbom (1901-1982)

Clarence Don Clark (1851-1930) was an American teacher, lawyer, and politician from New York.  He participated in the constitutional convention for Wyoming’s statehood and was one of that state’s first congressmen.  He served as both a United States Representative and United States Senator. Clark was born on 16 Apr 1851 in Sandy Creek, New York to Oratio Dyer Clark(e) and Laura Ann (King) Clark(e).  He attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City.  He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1874.  He was a teacher and practiced law in Manchester, Iowa.  Clark married Alice Downs in 1874.  In 1881, he moved from Iowa to Evanston, Wyoming and continued the practice of law before becoming the Prosecuting Attorney of Uinta County (Wyoming), a job he held from 1882-84. In 1889, he began his political career as a delegate to the Wyoming constitutional convention.  Upon the admission of Wyoming as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress of the United States (first representative of Wyoming after conferring of statehood).  He was reelected to the 52nd.  He was a member of Congress from 1 Dec 1890 to 3 Mar 1893), after unsuccessfully running as a candidate for reelection in 1892, losing to Democrat Henry Asa Coffeen.

Clarence Don Clark was subsequently elected as a United States Senator from Wyoming in a special election to fill a vacancy in 1895 (the seat was vacant due to failure of legislature to elect a senator by the beginning of the Congress) and was reelected to that seat three times, serving from 23 Jan 1895 until 3 Mar 1917.  While in the Senate, he served on the Committee on Railroads (54th through 59th Congresses), Committee on Judiciary (59th through 62nd Congresses) and Committee on Geological Survey (63rd and 64th Congresses).  He lost a bid for reelection to the Senate in 1916, and he resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.  In 1919, he was appointed as a member of the International Joint Commission (IJC) in 1919, and served as its chairman from 1923 until his retirement from active pursuits in 1929.  The IJC is an independent bi-national organization established by the United States and Canada under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. After retirement, he moved back to Evanston, Wyoming, where he lived until his death.  Clark died on 18 Nov 1930, and he is interred at the Masonic Cemetery in Evanston.

Wyoming flag

Wyoming flag

Clark’s political career is the subject of a dissertation (M.A., University of Wyoming): Anderson, Albert G. The Political Career of Senator Clarence D. Clark: A Thesis. S.l: s.n.], 1953, 164 pages.  Barbara Allen Bogart has written a very good article for the Wyoming State Historical Society website ( entitled “Clarence D. Clark, Longtime U.S. Senator“.


Clarence Don Clark (1851 – 1930), 2nd g-grand uncle – Oratio Dyer Clarke (1811 – 1899) – Harriet Allen Clarke (1839 – 1898) – Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868 – 1940) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

More information on my Clark(e) family line is available —> HERE.


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