Representative, Senator David Worth CLARK

YEARS 1902-1955
OFFICE Representative, Senator
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 74th (1935-1937), 75th (1937-1939), 76th (1939-1941), 77th (1941-1943), 78th (1943-1945)

Representative, Senator David Worth CLARK Biography

CLARK, David Worth, a Representative and a Senator from Idaho; born in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho, April 2, 1902; attended the public schools; graduated from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., in 1922, and from the law department of Harvard University in 1925; admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Pocatello, Idaho; assistant attorney general of Idaho 1933-1935; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); did not seek renomination in 1938, having become a candidate for United States Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1938 and served from January 3, 1939, to January 3, 1945; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1944; resumed the practice of law in Boise, Idaho, and Washington, D.C.; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in November 1954; also interested in broadcasting and banking; died in Los Angeles, Calif., June 19, 1955; interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Calif. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Boise State University Library Special Collections Boise, ID Papers: 1935-1950. 1 foot. Papers concerning a factfinding trip to China subsequent to his Senate service, and a scrapbook chronicling his activities on behalf of “America First” prior to World War II. Majority of papers destroyed.Unbound scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings chronicling Clark’s career in the U.S. House and Senate, 1935-1945, including his prominent role in the America First movement before World War II; together with other scattered files from his political career. Includes letters he received after his speech at the Hollywood Bowl in 1941 on behalf of the America First Committee, some from individuals who were there; newspaper coverage of his trip down the Salmon River (River of No Return) in Idaho with a National Geographic Society exploring party, 1935; papers from his service on the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee Investigating Wire Tapping, 1941; and a file of correspondence relating to Idaho Democratic politics and Clark’s plans to run for the Senate again in 1950. Finding aid available online. University of California, Berkeley Bancroft Library Berkeley, CA Papers: Letters sent to Clark (1941) urging American intervention in World War II in Charles A. Hackney papers, 1878-1941.


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David Worth CLARK Committee Assignments

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