JUDGE B. C. CLARK, probate judge of Cooper county. In this world of antagonisms, chances and weaknesses, it is of rare occurrence, very rare, that one holds au elective position through life, and, when he dies, whose son succeeds to the same trust by the preference of the people, and retains it through a lone, unbroken chain of years, and until he declines to continue ill it longer. Such a record of father and son is a eulogy upon their good names that the art of rhetoric cannot approach. And such is the record of the lives of Judge B. C. and his father, Robert P. Clark, of Cooper county. Robert P. Clark was a man prominent in the affairs of his native county in Kentucky before he came to Missouri. A short time after he came to Cooper county, this state, he was made county clerk of the county, which then included also the present offices of county and circuit clerk and recorder. He was the first clerk after the organization of the county in 1818. This position he held by regular re-elections for twenty-three years and until his death in 1841. He was also a delegate to the first constitutional convention to frame a state constitution. His son, now Judge Clark, who had been in the once from childhood almost, succeeded his father, and continued in the position, by the repeated endorsements of the people, for twelve years, and until he resigned, in order to discontinue official life. From 1853 to 1878 Judge Clark led a quiet, retired and successful life on his form, but in the fall of the last named year the .people elected him to the office of probate judge, and in 1882 he was re-elected. Judge Clark was born in this county, July 13, 1819, and as far as known was the first white person born in the county after its organized His father was originally of Clark county, Kentucky. He came with his family to Howard county, Missouri, in 1817, and to Cooper county, in 1818. Mrs. Malinda Clark, the judge's mother, was a daughter of Stephen Trigg, of Kentucky, and died in Cooper county in 1828 or 1830. Judge Clark was the fourth of a family of six children. After Mrs. Clark's death, Mr. Clark was married a second time, of which union one child was born. Judge Clark has lived in this county continuously from infancy, except a short stay made in California in 1849-50, whither he was attracted by the gold excitement of that time. He now resides in Boonville, having moved to the city from his country residence on his election to the office of probate judge. Of course, he has not traveled thus far along life's way without a companion to share his pleasures and sorrows; but, fortunately, with him far more of the former than of the latter, although the throb of grief has not been a stranger to his breast. In order of time we should have given his marriage before, for he was united in wedlock to Miss Margaret, daughter of James Hutchison, an early and respected citizen of this county, formerly of Bourbon county, Kentucky, on the 9th of September, 1841.
Father: Robert Patterson Clark b: ABT 1791 in Bedford Co., VA
Mother: Malinda Trigg b: ABT 1794 in Clark Co., Kentucky
Marriage 1 Margaret Hickman Hutchinson b: 13 JAN 1822 in Cooper Co., MO
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