Parliamentarian, Senator Joel Bennett CLARK

YEARS 1890-1954
OFFICE Parliamentarian, Senator
STATE Missouri
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 63rd (1913-1915), 64th (1915-1917), 65th (1917-1919), 72nd (1931-1933), 73rd (1933-1935), 74th (1935-1937), 75th (1937-1939), 76th (1939-1941), 77th (1941-1943), 78th (1943-1945)

Parliamentarian, Senator Joel Bennett CLARK Biography

CLARK, Joel Bennett, (son of James Beauchamp Clark), a Senator from Missouri; born in Bowling Green, Mo., January 8, 1890; attended the public schools at Bowling Green, Mo., and at Washington, D.C.; graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1912, and from the law department of George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1914; parliamentarian of the United States House of Representatives 1913-1917; admitted to the Missouri bar in 1914; during the First World War served in the United States Army 1917-1919, attaining the rank of colonel; commenced the practice of law in St. Louis, Mo., in 1919; author and compiler of several manuals on parliamentary law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1932 for the term commencing March 4, 1933, and was subsequently appointed to the Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Harry B. Hawes for the term ending March 3, 1933; reelected in 1938 and served from February 3, 1933, to January 3, 1945; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1944; chairman, Committee on Interoceanic Canals (Seventy-fifth through Seventy-eighth Congresses); member of the Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution 1940-1944; associate justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1945 until his death in Gloucester, Mass., July 13, 1954; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Idaho State Historical Society Boise, ID Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections. Missouri Historical Society St. Louis, MO Papers: 1933-1940. 10 items. Missouri State Archives Jefferson City, MO Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections. University of Missouri Western Historical Manuscript Collections Columbia, MO Papers: In Champ Clark and Joel Bennett Champ Clark papers, 1853-1973. 24 feet. Correspondence, journals, speeches, writings, financial and legal documents, scrapbooks, clippings, and photos of Clark and his son, Bennett Champ Clark, chiefly during their years in Congress. Over half of the collection pertains to Joel Bennett (Champ) Clark. Finding aid.


Spencer, Thomas T. “Bennett Champ Clark and the 1936 Presidential Campaign.” Missouri Historical Review 75 (January 1981):197-213.

Joel Bennett CLARK Committee Assignments

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