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Edward Clark
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8th Governor of Texas
In office
March 16, 1861 – November 7, 1861
Lieutenant None
Preceded by Sam Houston
Succeeded by Francis Lubbock
7th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
Governor Sam Houston
Preceded by Francis R. Lubbock
Succeeded by John McClannahan Crockett
Secretary of State of Texas
In office
December 22, 1853 – December 21, 1857
Preceded by Thomas H. Duval
Succeeded by T.S. Anderson
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
Preceded by William Thomas Scott
Succeeded by Hart Hardin
Personal details
Born (1815-04-01)April 1, 1815
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died May 4, 1880(1880-05-04) (aged 65)
Marshall, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lucy Long
Martha Melissa Evans
Children 4
Profession Politician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
 Confederate States of America
Branch/service United States Army
 Confederate States of America Army
Rank Brigadier General
Unit 14th Texas Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Mexican–American War
American Civil War

Edward Clark (April 1, 1815 – May 4, 1880) was the eighth Governor of Texas. His term coincided with the beginning of the American Civil War.

Early life

Edward Clark was born on April 1, 1815 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father was named Elijah Clark Jr. His paternal uncle, John Clark, served as the Governor of Georgia from 1819 to 1823. His paternal grandfather was Elijah Clarke.

Clark grew up in Georgia. After his father died in the 1830s, he moved to Montgomery, Alabama with his mother and studied the law.


Clark moved to Texas in 1842 and set up a law practice. He served in the Texas Annexation Convention and two terms as a state representative in the Texas Legislature. During the Mexican–American War he served on the staff of Major General J. Pinckney Henderson and fought in the Battle of Monterrey. When the war ended, he served as secretary of state under Governor Elisha M. Pease and as lieutenant governor serving under Governor Sam Houston. When Sam Houston refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, Clark became governor. Among Clark's first actions was to order the surrender of all fire arms and ammunition from private merchants to the state. Furthermore, all privately owned firearms were to be canvassed. Few weapons were ever turned in and most Texans did not comply for fear of future confiscation. (Lone Star by T.R. Fehrenbach, pg 353)

After losing the governor's race by 124 votes to Francis Lubbock, Clark became a colonel in the Texas militia during the American Civil War. In 1863 he joined the Confederate States Army and was commissioned colonel of the 14th Texas Infantry Regiment. He commanded the unit, as part of the Greyhound Division, until being wounded in the Battle of Pleasant Hill. A promotion to Brigadier General wasn´t confirmed by the Confederate Congress and he left the service; however in 1865 he was made a Brigadier in the militia. He fled briefly to Mexico at the end of the American Civil War, and returned home to Marshall, Texas.

Personal life

Clark married Lucy Long in 1840, but she died shortly after. He married Martha Melissa Evans in 1849. They had four children, including:

  • William Evans Clark (Apr 1849 in Marshall, Harrison County, Texas – Jun 1852 in same);
  • John Evans Clark (30 Jan 1852 in Marshall, Harrison County, Texas – 9 Oct 1923 in same), who married twice and had at least three children;
  • William Evans Alfred Clark (12 Jul 1853 – 9 Apr 1879); and
  • Nannie M Clark (c. 1855 – 8 Jan 1913 Harrison County, Texas), m. 23 Nov 1881 in Harrison County to Daniel C Wallis (alias Wallace).


Clark died on May 4, 1880 in Marshall, Texas. His grave in the Marshall City Cemetery is marked with a historical marker.

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