John Blades Clarke

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John Blades Clarke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
Preceded by John Duncan Young
Succeeded by Elijah Phister
Personal details
Born (1833-04-14)April 14, 1833
Brooksville, Kentucky
Died May 23, 1911(1911-05-23) (aged 78)
Brooksville, Kentucky
Resting place Mount Zion Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cordelia A. Robertson
Profession Lawyer

John Blades Clarke (April 14, 1833 – May 23, 1911) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Early life and family[edit]

John B. Clarke was born in Brooksville, Kentucky on April 14, 1833.[1] He was the son of John and Mary (Blades) Clarke.[1]

Clarke studied under Harvey King in the common schools of Augusta, Kentucky and at Augusta (Kentucky) College.[1][2] In 1851, he left school to return to his father's farm.[1] During the winters of 1851 and 1852, he taught at a local school.[2] For three years, he studied law under Judge Joseph Doniphan of Augusta.[1] After examination by two local judges, he was admitted to the bar on April 20, 1854.[1]

Clarke married Cordelia A. Robertson, and the couple had six children – Bion Clarke, William R. Clarke, John B. Clarke, Cordelia Clark, Harry Clarke, and Clarence Clarke.[3] After the marriage, the family moved to Rockport, Indiana, where Clarke commenced practice in January 1885.[1] By September 1855, Clarke's wife had become ill, and the family returned Brooksville on December 10, 1855, where Clarke continued the practice of law.[1]

Political career[edit]

Clarke was elected prosecuting attorney of Bracken County in 1858, serving until 1862.[2] In 1867, he was elected to the Kentucky Senate, serving a single, four-year term.[1] He was elected as a Democrat to represent the Tenth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.[1] He served in the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879).[2] He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1878.[2]

Later life and death[edit]

After Clarke's service in the House, he resumed the practice of law.[2] He died in Brooksville on May 23, 1911 and was interred in Mount Zion Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Biographical Cyclopedia, p. 124
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Clarke, John Blades". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  3. ^ Biographical Cyclopedia, p. 125


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John D. Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Elijah Phister