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CLARK, James, governor of Kentucky, born in Bedford county, Virginia, in 1779 ; died in Frankfort. Kentucky, 27 August, 1839. 'He removed with his father to Clarke county, Kentucky, was educated by a private tutor, and, after studying law in Virginia, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1797. He was several times a member of the legislature, became judge of the court of appeals in 1810, and was elected to congress as a Clay democrat, serving from 24 May, 1813, till 1816, when he resigned. He was judge of the circuit court from 1817 till 1824, and was then elected again to congress as a Whig, serving from 5 December, 1825, till 3 March, 1831. He was elected to the state senate in 1832, becoming its speaker, and in 1836 was chosen governor of the state, and served till his death.
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