Samuel Clark (New York and Michigan politician)

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Samuel Clark
Member of the House of Representatives from Michigan's 3rd District
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Preceded byJames L. Conger
Succeeded byDavid S. Walbridge
Member of the House of Representatives from New York's 25th District
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835
Preceded byGamaliel H. Barstow
Succeeded byGraham H. Chapin
Personal details
BornJanuary, 1800
Cayuga County, New York
DiedOctober 2, 1870
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Political partyJacksonian
Democratic
Occupationlawyer

Samuel Clark (January 1800 – October 2, 1870) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative for both New York and Michigan.

Clark was born in Cayuga County, New York. He attended Hamilton College in Clinton and studied law in Auburn. In 1826 he was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Waterloo.

He was elected as a Jacksonian from New York's 25th congressional district to the Twenty-third Congress, serving from March 4, 1833 to March 3, 1835. After leaving Congress, he resumed his practice at Waterloo. In 1842, he moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, and began a law practice there and became recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the state. Clark was a member of the Michigan State Constitutional Convention in 1850. In 1852, he was elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 3rd congressional district to the Thirty-third Congress, serving from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1855. He lost to Republican David S. Walbridge in the general election of 1854.

On July 17, 1856, President Franklin Pierce nominated Clark to be register of the land office in the northeastern land district of Minnesota Territory.

He discontinued the practice of his profession and retired from political activities and became greatly interested in agricultural pursuits. He died in Kalamazoo and is interred in Mountain Home Cemetery.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gamaliel H. Barstow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

1833–1835
Succeeded by
Graham H. Chapin
Preceded by
James L. Conger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd congressional district

1853–1855
Succeeded by
David S. Walbridge