George W. Clarke, Governor

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George Washington Clarke

Birthplace: Shelby, IN, United States
Death: November 28, 1936 (84)
Adel, Dallas, IA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Clarke and Eliza Jane Clarke
Husband of Arletta Clarke
Father of Fred Greene Clarke; Charles F Clarke; Portia L Clarke and Frances Ada kinnick

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About George W. Clarke, Governor

George Washington Clarke (October 24, 1852, Shelby County, Indiana – November 28, 1936, Adel, Iowa) served two terms as the 21st Governor of Iowa from 1913-17.


In 1856 the Clarke family moved to Davis County, Iowa, settling one mile east of Drakesville. He taught school in Bloomfield before attending Oskaloosa College, from which he graduated in 1877. Clarke earned a law degree from the University of Iowa in 1878 and then moved to Adel, Iowa. He married Arletta Greene on June 27, 1878. He served four years as Justice of the Peace and in 1882 formed a partnership with John B. White for the practice of law. From 1901-09, he was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, serving as Speaker from 1904-09. He was the 22nd Lieutenant Governor from 1909–13, and then was elected Governor in 1912 and reelected in 1914. After stepping down as Governor, he was Dean of Drake University Law School from 1917–18, and practiced law in Des Moines, Iowa. His papers are in the collection of the University of Iowa.

He is the grandfather of University of Iowa's Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick.

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George W. Clarke, Governor's Timeline

October 24, 1852
Shelby, IN, United States
November 1879
Iowa, United States
October 1883
Iowa, United States
August 1886
Iowa, United States
March 11, 1894
Adel, Dallas County, Iowa, United States
November 28, 1936
Age 84
Adel, Dallas, IA, United States