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CLARKE, Richard H., lawyer, born in Washington, District of Columbia, 3 July, 1827. He is descended from one of the founders of Maryland, was graduated at Georgetown College, District of Columbia, in 1846, studied law, and practiced in Washington, where he tried successfully the case establishing the validity of building associations. He removed in 1864 to New York City, and was associated with Charles O'Conor in the Forrest divorce case, the Jumel will case, and the suit of the United States government against Jefferson Davis. Dr. Clarke is an officer in various Catholic societies, and has been an active supporter of civil service reform, free-trade, the temperance cause, freedom of worship in public institutions, and legal reform. He has published biographical sketches of American Roman Catholice, controversial pamphlets, and numerous papers in the "Catholic World" and other journals. In 1872 appeared the first part of "Lives of the Deceased Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States" (2 vols., New York), the third volume of which he was engaged upon in 1886.
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