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Champ Clark

James Beauchamp Clark (March 7, 1850 – March 2, 1921) was a prominent American politician in the Democratic Party from the 1890s until his death. He represented Missouri in the United States House of Representatives and served as Speaker of the House from 1911 to 1919.

Born in Kentucky, he established a law practice in Bowling Green, Missouri. He won election to the House in 1892, lost his seat in 1894, and won the seat back in 1896. He became the House Minority Leader in 1908 and was elevated to Speaker after Democrats took control of the House in the 1910 elections. He inadvertently helped defeat the Canadian–American Reciprocity Treaty of 1911 by arguing that ratification of the treaty would lead to the incorporation of Canada into the United States.

Entering the 1912 Democratic National Convention, Clark had won the backing of a majority of the delegates, but lacked the necessary two-thirds majority to win the presidential nomination. After dozens of ballots, Woodrow Wilson emerged as the Democratic presidential nominee, and went on to win the 1912 presidential election. Clark helped Wilson pass much of his progressive agenda but opposed U.S. entry into World War I. The 1920 House elections saw the defeat of numerous Democrats, including Clark. He died the following March, two days before he would have left office.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 7th, 1850 (Lawrenceburg), Died March 2nd, 1921 (Washington, D.C.)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, author

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-11700 12-in. 3/10/1912 Payne-Aldritch bill a humbug Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11701 12-in. 3/10/1912 President Taft's lost opportunity Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11702 12-in. 3/10/1912 All public plunderers look alike to me Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11703 12-in. 3/10/1912 Champ Clark at the Jackson Day banquet in Washington, D.C., January 12, 1912 Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11704 12-in. 3/10/1912 Champ Clark at the Jackson Day banquet in Washington, D.C., January 12, 1912 Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11705 12-in. 3/10/1912 Champ Clark at the Jackson Day banquet in Washington, D.C., January 12, 1912 Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11706 12-in. 3/10/1912 Champ Clark at the Jackson Day Banquet in Washington, D.C., January 12, 1912 Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11707 12-in. 3/10/1912 Speaker Clark on Russia Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11708 12-in. 3/10/1912 Good roads and rivers and harbors Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11709 12-in. 3/10/1912 American citizenship Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Victor C-11710 12-in. 3/10/1912 Speaker Champ Clark's speech of acceptance Hon. Champ Clark Political address speaker, author  
Columbia 77641 10-in. 1/17/1918 At Valley Forge Hon. Champ Clark Speech speaker  
Columbia 49799 12-in. 4/23/1920 Democratic achievement Hon. Champ Clark Speech speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Clark, Champ," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105152.

Clark, Champ. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105152.

"Clark, Champ." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105152

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