Tom C. Clark

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Personal Information
Born 
Saturday, September 23, 1899
Died 
Monday, June 13, 1977
Childhood Location 
Texas
Childhood Surroundings 
Texas
Religion 
Presbyterian
Ethnicity 
Scotch
Father 
William H. Clark
Father's Occupation 
Lawyer
Mother 
Jennie Falls
Family Status 
Upper-middle
Position 
Associate Justice
Seat 
11
Nominated By 
Truman
Commissioned on 
Friday, August 19, 1949
Sworn In 
Wednesday, August 24, 1949
Left Office 
Monday, June 12, 1967
Reason For Leaving 
Retired
Length of Service 
17 years, 9 months, 19 days
Home 
Texas
Tom C. Clark
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Biography 

Tom C. Clark was born, raised, and educated in Texas. The son of a prominent politician, Clark was active in Texas Democratic politics. He joined the Justice Department in 1937 and served as civilian coordinator of the forced evacuation of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast during World War II. President Harry S Truman appointed Clark attorney general in 1945, and nominated him to the High Court in 1949. Truman later lamented his choice. "It's not that he's a bad man," rued Truman. "It's just that he's the dumbest sonofabitch I ever met." Clark resigned in 1967 to avoid any question of conflict of interest after President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Clark's son, Ramsey, to serve as Attorney General.

Clerkships 
Clerksort icon Law School Terms Clerked
Stuart Philip Ross GW (1966) 1966
Stuart W. Thayer Yale (1951) 1951
Vester T. Hughes Harvard (1952) 1960, 1961, 1952, 1962, 1953, 1963, 1954, 1964, 1955, 1965, 1956, 1966, 1957, 1967, 1958, 1968, 1959
William D. Powell SMU (1957) 1957
William Kenneth Jones Columbia (1954) 1954

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