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Jerome Bayard Clark (April 5, 1882 - August 26, 1959) was a U.S. Representative from North Carolinamarker.

Early life

Born on Phoebus Plantation near Elizabethtown, North Carolinamarker, Clark attended Davidson College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker where he studied law. Clark was admitted to the bar in 1906 and commenced practice in Elizabethtown, North Carolinamarker. He married Helen Purdie Robinson and they had four children: Martha Holton Clark, Jerome Bayard Clark Jr.,Heman Robinson Clark and Helen Purdie Clark. From 1910-1920 Clark served as president of the Bank of Elizabethtown. Clark served in the State house of representatives in 1915.

Clark then moved to Fayetteville, North Carolinamarker, in 1920 and continued the practice of law serving as member of the State Democratic committee 1909-1919 and, later, as member of the North Carolina State Judicial Conference 1924-1928.

Clark was an avid sailor, outdoorsman and noted short story writer. Many of his delightful tales were published in The Blade Journal under the pen name, Mr. Bide. A nature park (Clark Park) is named in his honor in Fayetteville. His portrait is displayed in the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown.

US Congress

Clark was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1929-January 3, 1949). Clark served as chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 1 (Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses).

Clark was not a candidate for renomination in 1948 and he resumed the practice of law.Clark died in Fayetteville, North Carolinamarker, August 26, 1959 and is interred in Cross Creek Cemetery No. 3.


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