Member Biography

James Cunningham Clarke 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1875       39 Democrat
1876       39 Democrat
1877       39 Democrat
1878       39 Democrat
1879-1880       39 Democrat

COUNTIES: Westmoreland  


02/02/1823 - 04/23/1893

James Cunningham Clarke (D39) Westmoreland County 1875-1880

James Cunningham Clarke, born February 2, 1823, Laughlintown, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; son of James and Jane Patton Clarke; Jefferson College; read law, now engaged, in practice of that profession; private law practice; married, Isabella Armstrong Keenan Clarke, 1853, children, Isabella Clarke Niccolls, Janet Cunningham Clarke, Mary Clarke Bell, James Keenan Clarke, John E. Clark; solicitor, Pennsylvania Railroad, Westmoreland County, 1874; Canal Commissioner; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1875-1880; engaged, banking and coal interests; president, Greensburg Banking Company; died, April 23, 1893 (aged 70), Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Solicitor, Pennsylvania Railroad, Westmoreland County, 1874.

Canal Commissioner.

Elected, Democrat, abbreviated Pennsylvania State Senate term, due to 1874 Constitutional district reapportionment, 39th district, Westmoreland County, 1875-1876; re-elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 39th district, Westmoreland County, 1877-1880; committee assignments, Constitutional Reform, Education, Finance, Military Affairs.


Father, James Clarke, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1822-1823, 1825, and 1846-1847.  


Cox, Harold "Senate Members "C"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1879). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 705, 710-712, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 663.

The Somerset Herald (Somerset, Pennsylvania) · Wednesday, April 26, 1893 · Page 2.

James Cunningham Clarke (1823-1893) - Find a Grave Memorial