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Bennett Champ Clark


United States Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
In office
1933 – 1945
Serving with Roscoe C. Patterson, Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Harry B. Hawes
Succeeded by Forrest C. Donnell

In office
1945 – July 13, 1954
Nominated by Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Thurman Arnold
Succeeded by Walter Maximillian Bastian

Born January 8, 1890(1890-01-08)
Bowling Green, Missouri
Died July 13, 1954 (aged 64)
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Missouri
George Washington University Law School
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Presbyterians
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1917-1919
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars World War I

Joel Bennett Clark (January 8, 1890 – July 13, 1954), better known as Bennett Champ Clark, was a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri from 1933 until 1945.

Biography

The son of Champ Clark, a prominent Democratic Party leader of the early 20th century, Bennett Clark was born in Bowling Green, Missouri.

After graduating the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri in 1912, he earned his law degree at George Washington University. He became parliamentarian of the United States House of Representatives from 1913 to 1917. After serving as a colonel in the United States Army during World War I, Clark began practicing law.

In the 1932 election, Clark was elected to the United States Senate as a Democrat. Clark entered the Senate after Senator Harry B. Hawes resigned on February 3, 1933, a month before his term was to end. Clark was re-elected in the 1938 election, but lost his bid for renomination in the 1944 election.

Clark is perhaps most famous for declaring that Emperor Hirohito should be hanged as a war criminal on the senate floor on January 29, 1944. In the same year, he was the first senator to introduce the G.I. Bill proposal in U.S. Congress.[1]

Clark was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1945 until he died in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on July 13, 1954. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

References

Further reading

  • Spencer, Thomas T. (1981). "Bennett Champ Clark and the 1936 Presidential Campaign". Missouri Historical Review 75: 197–213.  
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