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Gibson Clark


Gender:
Male
Born:
1772
Died:
after 1840
Home Town:
Wilkes County, GA
Later Residences:
Lincoln County, GA
Marriage(s):
Susan Clark (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Gibson Clark was the youngest son of General Elijah and Hannah (Arrington) Clark. His father was a Revolutionary soldier who had a county named after him in GA. In 1804, Clark was the valedictorian of the first graduating class of the University of Georgia. After attending the Litchfield Law School, he led an active legal and political life in GA. He practiced as a lawyer in Lincoln County. During that time, Clark also acted as a Commissioner of the Lincoln County Academy. He served as the Solicitor for Ocmulgee Circuit from 1825 to 1828 and was a member of both the Anti-Tariff Convention and the State Convention in Milledgeville, GA in 1836. He also acted as a member of the Anti-Tariff Convention in 1839. He died in Mississippi.
Quotes:
Federal Union, February 5, 1850
"DIED - Near this city, on Saturday last, in the 6_th year of his age, Col. GIBSON CLARK. He was a brother of the late Gov. Clark, a member of the first class that graduated in Franklin College. After leaving the law school at Litchfield, he was admitted to the bar of Georgia, and during the greater part of his life has been engaged in the profession. Amiable in his disposition, courteous in his manners, and rigidly honorable in all his intercourse with society, he was extensively known and universally respected."

Education
Years at LLS:
1804
Other Education:
Graduated from the University of Georgia in 1804.

Profession / Service
Profession:
Lawyer; Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (GA) 1810-1812
State Senator (GA) 1814
State Committees:
Member of the GA state convention in 1832. Member of the GA Anti-Tariff Convention in 1839. And member of the GA Electoral College in 1836.

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Ledger. "Journals of the Barr - Litchfield County." Litchfield Historical Society.; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 5.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1804, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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