Edward Clark (governor)
Edward Clark (April 1, 1815ndash May 4, 1880) was the 8th Governor of Texas. His term coincided with the beginning of the
American Civil War.
Born in New Orleans, Clark moved to
Texasin 1842 and set up a law practice. Clark served in the Texas Annexation Convention and two terms as a state representative in the Texas Legislaturebefore fighting in the Mexican-American War. When the war ended, he served as secretary of state under Governor Elisha M. Peaseand as lieutenant governor under Sam Houston. When Sam Houston refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, Clark became governor.
After losing the governor's race by 124 votes to
Francis Lubbock, Clark joined the 14th Texas Infantry as a colonel and was later promoted to brigadier general after being wounded in battle. He fled briefly to Mexicoat the end of the American Civil War, but returned home to Marshall, Texas, where he died. His grave in the Marshall City Cemetery is marked with a historical mark.
His grandson, Ed Clark, was appointed by President
Lyndon B. Johnsonto be ambassador to Australia in 1965. Mr. Ed., as he was known to those who worked with him, was a taciturn man with a slight lisp who was able by position and hard work to influence both local and national policy.
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