Iowa Obituary for Ex-Governor James Clarke

Ex-Gov. Clarke

Died, on Sunday evening last, the 28th ult., at the residence of Judge Mason, near this city, Ex.-Gov., Clarke, late editor of the Gazette, aged about 38 years, after an illness of two weeks.

The Funeral of Ex-Gov., James Clarke

A meeting was held at Grime’s & Starr’s office on Monday morning at which the following arrangements were made relative to the funeral of ex-Gov. Clarke. And were conducted accordingly:

The funeral to take place at 11 o’clock at the Congregational Church.

All houses of business to be closed from 10:30 o’clock, a.m. until 2 o’clock, p.m.

The religious services to be conducted by Rev. Messrs Salter, Shinn and Young.

Pall Bearers: D. Rorer, William H. Starr, J. C. Hall, M. D. Browning, A. W. Carpenter, O. H. W. Stull, J. G. Foote, J. P. Wightman.

A procession was formed at the Church under the direction of Oliver Cook, Esq., which was preceded by a band of music marched to the place of interment.

Committee of Arrangements: D. Rorer, J. W. Grimes, G. H. W. Stull, J. C. Hall, A. W. Carpenterr, J. F. Tallant.

Hon. James Clarke

After following to the grave the remains of a promising child on the 11th ult., and giving up to the embraces of the king of terrors a visiting at his house on the 12th, and his beloved wife on the 14th, Governor Clarke, after an illness of two weeks, super-induced mainly by his afflictions, was called to follow them on the 28th. He died at the residence of Judge Mason, where he spent the last twelve days of his life, receiving the most kind and faithful attention, and surrounded by friends, who counted it a privilege to minister to his comfort.

Mr. Clarke was born in Western Pennsylvania about the year of 1810. At the time of his decease he was just entering into the full maturity of his powers, and having honorably discharged all the high trust that had been committed to him in the past, he was eminently qualified to fill any other stations of honor to which he might have been called. He was a prudent counselor, an able politician, a successful editor, a faithful public servant, a good citizen, a firm friend of law and order, possessed of virtuous habits, of gentlemanly and courteous manners, an affectionate brother, father and husband, and deeply interested in all that concerned the prosperity and good name of Burlington and Iowa. His death is a public affliction. Through he stood at the head of one of our political parties, he enjoyed in a high degree universal respect and confidence. He was frequently urged by our best citizens of all parties to be a candidate for the chief magistracy of our city, but uniformly declined. At the time of his death he was President of our school district.

Mr. Clarke edited the oldest and leading Democratic paper in the State, and in this way exerted a commanding influence. His early settlement among us and his active life made him well acquainted with our history. He was Territorial Printer to the first Legislature of Wisconsin, which met at Belmont in the fall of 1836. He established the Gazette in this town in 1837. He was appointed Secretary of the Territory of Iowa by President Van Buren, and Governor by President Polk in 1845.

The life of Gov. Clarke affords an admirable illustration of the excellence of our political institutions. By faithfulness in business, by persevering industry, by substantial qualifications, and by modest worth, he acquired favor and distinction, self educated, there were few better informed in public affairs. By careful reading, he had stored his mind with many of the treasures of knowledge. His taste and style of thought and expression were yearly becoming more cultivated. He rose to the enjoyment of elevated station, not by clap trap expedients, but by simply deserving it. The lesson of such a life we hope will not be lost upon our young men, who aspire after fame.

But death levels all distinctions. In the stern conflict, officers and honors were nothing to the deceased. His chief anxiety was for his children. His only support was in God. Ere his wife fell asleep in the triumph of faith, and ere disease had seized upon his frame, he expressed his confidence in the Redeemer, and his purpose to confess him before the world.

The funeral was attended on Monday from the Congregational meeting House, with appropriate solemnities, by a large concourse of citizens. We command the three orphan children to the sympathies and prayers of the good, and to Him, who is the Father of the fatherless in his holy habitation.

[Burlington Hawkeye, Burlington, Iowa, Published August 01, 1850]
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

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