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A Biography of Alvan Hawes Clark

with info on Albert Hawes Clark

ALVAN HAWES CLARK is a great-grandson of JOSEPH CLARK, a very early settler of Christian County, whose older brother JONATHAN CLARK was a Revolutionary soldier, buried in this county. ALVIN H CLARK, for the last eight years City Judge of Hopkinsville, was born in the city, November 4,1887. His father was a distinguished attorney, ALBERT HAWES CLARK, noted for his keen wit as well as his legal knowledge and natural ability. He was a prominent member of the bar for many years and a leader in Republican politics. He was one of the "306" delegates who votes for GENERAL GRANT on every ballot in the national Convention in 1880. He was twice married. One child, MRS. H. R. PHELPS, survives his first marriage. His second wife was MISS LIZZIE MEANS, who bore him two children, the subject of this sketch, and a daughter, EMILY, who married A. H. CURRIER,and who now resides at St. Petersburg, Fla. COL. A. H. CLARK'S parents were JOAB and ELIZABETH (BRASHER) CLARK, and his grandparents were JOSEPH and MARY (GOLDEN) CLARK, both of whom came from Virginia. JOSEPH CLARK was a son of BOLIN or BOWLING CLARK, and a grandson of CHRISTOPHER CLARK. JUDGE CLARK'S maternal ancestors were also from Virginia and North Carolina. His mother was a daughter of SAMUEL A. and SARAH (HENDERSON) MEANS. Her grandparents were WILLIAM and CLARISSA (BROWN) HENDERSON. WILLIAM HENDERSON was the son of a Revolutionary soldier, NATHANIEL HENDERSON, and his mother was SARAH (HARLOW) HENDERSON. WILLIAM MEANS,her paternal grandfather was also a Revolutionary soldier. JUDGE CLARK was educated at South Kentucky College, and graduated from Centre College with a degree of LL.B., in 1909. Has since practiced law in Hopkinsville, serving as city judge from 1922 - 1930. Previous to that he had been U.S.Commissioner. He was First Lieutenant o National Guards in the border troubles in Mexico in 1916, and entered the service with the outbreak of the World War in 1917. Was promoted to Captain of Infantry, and was with the 38th and 77th of the First Division, serving overseas until July 1919. He was married April 10, 1917, to EVELYN SMITH, daughter IRA L. and AURINE (WILLIAMS) SMITH. They have two sons: THOMAS WELBOURNE and DAVID ALLISON. JUDGE CLARK is a member of the Methodist Church and of the Athenaeum Society. *-A History of Christian County, Kentucky - 1930

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