William Andrews Clark, Jr. (1877 - 1934)

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Birthplace: Mt, USA
Death: Died in Salmon Lake
Cause of death: Heart Disease
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About William Andrews Clark, Jr.

William Andrews Clark, Jr. (March 29, 1877 Montana – June 14, 1934 Salmon Lake, Montana), son of U.S. senator (D-Montana) and billionaire William Andrews Clark, was the founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1919. Clark also had a hand in the construction of the Hollywood Bowl. Clark was an avid collector of rare books, especially fine prints. When he died in 1934, he bequeathed his library of rare books and manuscripts, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, to the University of California, Los Angeles. He is buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The movie The Soloist features a statue erected in the memory of William Andrews Clark, Jr.

William was married twice. His first wife was Mabel Foster (1880-1 Jan 1903), whom he married on June 19, 1901. They had one son, William Andrews Clark III (Dec 2, 1902 – May 23, 1932 Arizona), who died in a plane crash. Mabel died of blood poisoning shortly after the birth of their son. William's second wife was Alice McManus (1883-1916). William, his son and both wives are buried in the family mausoleum, which William had built.

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William Andrews Clark, Jr. Born March 29, 1877 Deer Lodge, Montana Died June 14, 1934 Salmon Lake, Montana Residence Los Angeles, California Occupation Businessman, lawyer, book collector, philanthropist Spouse(s) Mabel Duffield Foster Alice McManus Children William Andrews Clark, III Parents William A. Clark Catherine Louise Stauffer

William Andrews Clark, Jr. (March 29, 1877 – June 14, 1934) was a Los Angeles-based philanthropist and the youngest son of copper baron and U.S. Senator William Andrews Clark, Sr. and his wife Katherine.

Biography[edit] William Andrews Clark, Jr. was born on March 29, 1877 in Deer Lodge, Montana. His father was William A. Clark and his mother, Catherine Louise Stauffer. He was educated in France and in the New York area and graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors Degree in Law in 1899.

He returned to Butte, Montana, where he worked for several years as a partner in the law firm Clark & Roote and also served on the boards of several of his father's mining and industrial concerns.

In the mid-1910s, he began collecting antiquarian and fine press books as a serious hobby (he had dabbled in book buying previous to this). In 1919, he hired bibliographer Robert E. Cowan to consult on book-buying purchases and to help with the compilation of a printed library catalog. The first volume of this was printed in 1920 by San Francisco printer John Henry Nash.[1]

He founded the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1919 and bequeathed his library of rare books and manuscripts, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, to the University of California, Los Angeles upon his death in 1934. He also helped to fund the construction of the Hollywood Bowl.

Personal life and death[edit] In 1902, he married Mabel Duffield Foster (1880 – January 1, 1903), who died of blood poisoning following the birth of their son, William Andrews Clark, III ("Tertius") (December 2, 1902 – May 23, 1932).[2] Their son died in a plane crash in Arizona in 1932.

In 1907, he married Alice McManus (1883–1916), a native Nevadan, and they moved their permanent home to Los Angeles in the early 1910s. (Clark County, Nevada is named for his father.) Their house at Adams Boulevard and Cimarron Street occupied the grounds that the Clark Library still stands on today.

He died on June 14, 1934 at Salmon Lake, Montana. He was buried in the family mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery alongside his son and two wives.[3]

References[edit] Jump up ^ http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt2m3nf2td/ Jump up ^ [1] Jump up ^ [2] Sources[edit] Find A Grave (includes photo)

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There are seven sarcophagi in the mausoleum, three on each side, and one at the head where Clark is interred. Besides his two wives, also interred there is his only son, William A. Clark III (1902-1932), who died in an airplane crash. They all preceded him in death. -------- source: http://allanellenberger.com/hollywood-forever-cemetery/

By Allan R. Ellenberger


William Andrews Clark, Jr. Mausoleum Visitors to Hollywood Forever Cemetery invariably ask who is interred in the huge mausoleum in the center of the lake. The answer is William Andrews Clark, Jr., the second son of millionaire copper-king and Montana Senator, William A. Clark, Sr. (1839-1925).


Clark, a philanthropist, was founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1919) and a collector of rare books. At his death, he left his library of rare books and manuscripts to the regents of UCLA. Today, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library specializes in English literature and history from 1641 to 1800, materials related to Oscar Wilde and his associates, and fine printing.

The Clark family mausoleum is built on an island approached by a large bridge fashioned of 40-foot granite slabs. The artificial lake, island and bridge, which covers 50,000 square feet, were constructed in 1909 at a cost of $10,000. At the time it was said to be modeled after “one of the large cemeteries of the East.”


In January 1920, Clark bought the island and within a few weeks, contractors began work on the foundation of the mausoleum which is made of reinforced concrete. Clark contracted the Georgia Marble Company (Tate, Georgia) for $125,000 worth of white Georgia crystaline marble, where it was quarried but was cut here in Los Angeles.

The mausoleum, which was designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar, is in the Ionic style. The pediment is all in one piece. The bronze door was cast from a model design and made by an eastern sculptor.

The interior of the mausoleum is finished with reddish marble and the sarcophagi, of which there are seven, are in like material. The inside dome is finished with a design worked out in mosaic of pigeon blue and old gold. A similar mosaic is laid on the floor. The four interior stained glass windows were made by Lamm & Co. of New York. On the walls are Biblical scenes done in mosaic which 18 Italian artists labored on for 14 months.


The mausoleum was completed in 1921 at a cost of more than $500,000, which includes the island site, the bridge and the lake which had palely beautiful lotus blossoms, hyacinths and lilies from far-away lands.

When the mausoleum was completed, Clark transferred the body of his first wife, Mabel Foster Clark (1880-1903) to it from a vault in Butte, Montana, and also the body of his second wife, Alice McManus Clark (1884-1918) which was then resting in the family mausoleum of his uncle, J. Ross Clark, at Hollywood Cemetery.

There are seven sarcophagi in the mausoleum, three on each side, and one at the head where Clark is interred. Besides his two wives, also interred there is his only son, William A. Clark III (1902-1932), who died in an airplane crash. They all preceded him in death. William Andrews Clark, Jr. died of heart disease at his summer home in Salmon Lake, Montana on June 14, 1934.

Clark’s father, Senator William Andrews Clark, Sr., is interred in his own grand mausoleum (above) at the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City. --------------------- To view photos of the mausoleum visit source: http://allanellenberger.com/hollywood-forever-cemetery/

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William Andrews Clark Jr.'s Timeline

1877
March 29, 1877
Mt, USA
1902
December 1, 1902
Age 25
Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States
1934
June 14, 1934
Age 57
Salmon Lake
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