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CLARK, John Bullock, lawyer, born in Madison county, Kentucky, 17 April, 1802; died in Fayette, Missouri, 29 October, 1885. He removed to Missouri with his father in 1818, was admitted to the bar in 1824, and began practice at Fayette, Missouri He was clerk of the Howard county courts from 1824 till 1834, commanded a regiment of Missouri volunteer cavalry in the Black Hawk war of 1832, where he was twice wounded, and in 1848 was commissioned major general of militia. He was a member of the legislature in 1850 and 1851, and was at the head of the force sent out to expel the Mormons from Missouri. He was elected to congress as a democrat in 1857, to fill a vacancy, and served till 1861, when he withdrew and joined the Confederates. He was formally expelled on 13 July, 1861. At the beginning of the war he was appointed brigadier-general by Governor Jackson, and commanded the Missouri troops till disabled at the battle of Springheld in August, 1861. Before his recovery he was elected to the first Confederate congress, and was afterward senator from Missouri till the close of the war. He then resumed his law practice at Fayette.--His son, John Bullock, lawyer, born in Fayette, Missouri, 14 January, 1831, spent two years in Missouri University, and then entered Harvard law-school, where he was graduated in 1854. At the beginning of the civil war he entered the Confederate army as a lieutenant, and rose through the grades of captain, major, and colonel, to that of brigadier-general. He was elected to congress as a democrat, serving from 1 December, 1873, till 1883, and on 4 December, 1883, was chosen clerk of the house of representatives.
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