Matthew St. Clair Clarke

Matthew St. Clair Clarke

Matthew St. Clair Clarke (1790 Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania - May 6, 1852 Washington, D.C.) was an American journalist, book author and politician. He was for seven terms Clerk of the United States House of Representatives.

Life

He was admitted to the bar in 1811, and practiced in Greencastle. Later he removed to Washington, D.C.

On December 3, 1822, he was elected on the 11th ballot Clerk of the House of Representatives in the 17th United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Clerk Thomas Dougherty. He was re-elected five times, serving throughout the 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd United States Congresses, and opened the proceedings in the House of the 23rd United States Congress on December 2, 1833, when he was succeeded by Walter S. Franklin.

On May 31, 1841, Clarke was again elected Clerk of the House of Representatives in the 27th United States Congress. Clarke opened the proceedings of the 28th United States Congress on December 4, 1843, but was defeated for re-election by Caleb J. McNulty two days later.

In 1843, he was appointed Sixth Auditor of the United States Treasury and remained in office until 1845.

In 1852, his daughter Anna L. Clarke married Gen. William B. Franklin, the son of Clerk of the House Walter S. Franklin who had succeeded Clarke in 1833.

Works

Sources

  • Clerks of the House at House History
  • Niles' Register (edition of December 7, 1822; pages 219 and 224)
  • Obit transcribed from the Daily National Intelligencer originally published on May 7, 1852
Government offices
Preceded by
Thomas Dougherty
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
1822 - 1833
Succeeded by
Walter S. Franklin
Preceded by
Hugh A. Garland
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
1841–1843
Succeeded by
Caleb J. McNulty

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