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Clark-Thomson family of Iowa and Virginia

Note: This is just one of 1,130 family groupings listed on The Political Graveyard web site. These families each have three or more politician members, all linked together by blood, marriage or adoption.

This specific family group is a subset of the much larger Three Thousand Related Politicians group. An individual may be listed with more than one subset.

These groupings — even the names of the groupings, and the areas of main activity — are the result of a computer algorithm working with the data I have, not the choices of any historian or genealogist.

  James Beauchamp Clark (1850-1921) — also known as Champ Clark; "The Lion of Democracy" — of Bowling Green, Pike County, Mo. Born near Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Ky., March 7, 1850. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1880; Pike County Prosecuting Attorney, 1885-89; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Pike County, 1889-90; U.S. Representative from Missouri 9th District, 1893-95, 1897-1921; defeated, 1894, 1920; died in office 1921; Speaker of the U.S. House, 1911-19; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1904, 1916; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1912. Died in Washington, D.C., March 2, 1921 (age 70 years, 360 days). Interment at Bowling Green City Cemetery, Bowling Green, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of John Hampton Clark and Aletha Jane (Beauchamp) Clark; married, December 14, 1881, to Genevieve Bennett; father of Genevieve Clark (who married James McIlhany Thomson) and Bennett Champ Clark (1890-1954).
  Political family: Clark-Thomson family of Iowa and Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: David A. Ball
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
James M. Thomson James McIlhany Thomson (1878-1959) — also known as James M. Thomson — of Norfolk, Va.; New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La.; Gaylord, Clarke County, Va. Born in Summit Point, Jefferson County, W.Va., February 13, 1878. Editor of the Norfolk Dispatch, 1900-06; publisher, New Orleans Item, 1906-41; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1920, 1924 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee), 1944; Constitution candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1956. Episcopalian. Suffered a heart attack, and died, in Gaylord, Clarke County, Va., September 25, 1959 (age 81 years, 224 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Augustus Pembroke Thomson (1847-1920) and Elizabeth (McIlhany) Thomson (born 1854); married, June 30, 1915, to Genevieve Champ Clark (daughter of James Beauchamp Clark (1850-1921)); uncle of Gretchen Bigelow Thomson (1917-1989; who married Harry Flood Byrd, Jr.) and James McIhany Thomson.
  Political family: Clark-Thomson family of Iowa and Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Wilbur W. Marsh — of Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1920, 1928; member of Democratic National Committee from Iowa, 1920-21. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father-in-law of Bennett Champ Clark (1890-1954).
  Political family: Clark-Thomson family of Iowa and Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Bennett Champ Clark (1890-1954) — also known as Joel Bennett Clark — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in Bowling Green, Caroline County, Va., January 8, 1890. Democrat. Lawyer; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1928, 1936, 1940, 1944 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business; speaker); U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1931-45; defeated in primary, 1944; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1945. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; American Bar Association; Order of the Coif; Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Tau Delta; Phi Delta Phi; Delta Sigma Rho. Died in Gloucester, Essex County, Mass., July 13, 1954 (age 64 years, 186 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Wilbur W. Marsh; son of James Beauchamp Clark (1850-1921) and Genevieve (Bennett) Clark; married, October 5, 1922, to Miriam Marsh.
  Political family: Clark-Thomson family of Iowa and Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Harry Flood Byrd, Jr. (1914-2013) — also known as Harry F. Byrd, Jr. — of Winchester, Va. Born in Winchester, Va., December 20, 1914. Newspaper editor; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1940; member of Virginia state senate, 1948-65 (25th District 1948-55, 24th District 1956-63, 23rd District 1964-65); U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1965-83. Episcopalian. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Rotary; Elks; Moose; Eagles. Died in Winchester, Va., July 30, 2013 (age 98 years, 222 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anne Douglas (Beverley) Byrd (1887-1964) and Harry Flood Byrd; married, August 9, 1941, to Gretchen Bigelow Thomson (1917-1989; sister of James McIhany Thomson; niece of James McIlhany Thomson); grandson of Richard Evelyn Byrd; grandnephew of Henry De La Warr Flood and Joel West Flood; third great-grandnephew of Charles Willing Byrd; first cousin five times removed of Benjamin William Sheridan Cabell (1793-1862); first cousin six times removed of Benjamin Harrison and Robert Carter Nicholas; second cousin four times removed of William Lewis Cabell and George Craighead Cabell; second cousin five times removed of Carter Bassett Harrison, George Nicholas, Wilson Cary Nicholas, John Nicholas and William Henry Harrison; third cousin twice removed of Connally Findlay Trigg; third cousin thrice removed of Benjamin Earl Cabell.
  Political families: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Henry family of Virginia; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Walker-Bolling family of Huntsville, Alabama (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  James McIhany Thomson (1924-2001) — also known as James Thomson; "Landslide Jim" — of Alexandria, Va. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., August 9, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1956-78; defeated, 1977. Died, following a heart attack, in Berryville, Clarke County, Va., July 22, 2001 (age 76 years, 347 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Paul Jones Thomson (1884-1938); brother of Gretchen Bigelow Thomson (1917-1989; who married Harry Flood Byrd, Jr. (1914-2013)); married to Sarah Jennings (divorced); nephew of James McIlhany Thomson.
  Political families: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Clark-Thomson family of Iowa and Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article
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