- Annual Meeting
- Get Involved
CLARK, JAMES BENJAMIN
CLARK, JAMES BENJAMIN (1831–1908). James Benjamin Clark, Civil War soldier, lawyer, and university administrator, was born in Pitt County, North Carolina, in 1831 to William and Louisa Pearce (Lanier) Clark. He attended Franklin College, Tennessee, and in 1851 entered Harvard College, where he graduated in 1855 and enrolled in the law school. In 1857 he was admitted to the bar in Jackson, Mississippi. In the spring of 1861 Clark enlisted in the Eighteenth Mississippi Regiment, C.S.A.; he served for the rest of the war and became a captain. Afterward he moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky, where he edited a newspaper and, on November 11, 1869, married Florence Anderson. On April 9, 1875, Clark moved to Bonham, Texas, where he practiced law for ten years. On the organization of the University of Texas in 1883, Clark became a member of the board of regents. On July 1, 1885, he was named proctor and custodian general of the university, a position he held until his sudden death in Austin on December 6, 1908. Clark Field, the baseball field at the university from 1928 to 1974, was named for him.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Austin Statesman, December 7, 8, 1908. H. L. Bentley and Thomas Pilgrim, Texas Legal Directory for 1876–77 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877). Carl John Eckhardt, One Hundred Faithful to the University of Texas at Austin (197-?). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Marie Giles, "CLARK, JAMES BENJAMIN," accessed January 23, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fcl08.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.