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First Name: Bennett

Last Name: Clark

Birthplace: Bowling Green, MO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Champ

Date of Birth: 08 January 1890

Date of Death: 13 July 1954

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
Bennett Champ Clark

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Bennett Champ Clark
Colonel, U.S. Army

Bennett Champ Clark was born on 8 January 1890 in Bowling Green, MO, the son of Champ Clark, a prominent Democratic Party leader of the early 20th century.

After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1912, he earned an LL.B. at George Washington University. From 1913-17 he served as Parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Military Service

Clark served as a Colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I, from 1917-19.


After the war, Clark began practicing law in St. Louis, MO. He was elected as a Democratic Senator from Missouri to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1933 to 1945.

On 12 September 1945, Clark was nominated by President Harry S. Truman to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated by the resignation of Thurman Arnold. Clark was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 24 September 1945, and received his commission on 28 September. He served on the Court until his death.

Death and Burial

Bennett Champ Clark died on 13 July 1954 in Gloucester, MA. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2343   Created by: MHOH




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