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Rep. Champ Clark

James Beauchamp Clark (known as "Champ" Clark") was a prominent U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Richard David Ramsey, Ph.D. (Professor of General Business, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana) wrote to provide information about Champ Clark:

James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark (1850-1921) was a member of the Disciples of Christ. A Democrat, he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as Minority Leader when Republicans had control of the chamber. In 1912 he sought the Democratic Party's nomination for the Presidency but narrowly lost to Woodrow Wilson. Clark's baccalaureate degree was from Bethany College, the school founded by Alexander Campbell in 1840. "Champ" Clark's son, Joel Bennett "Champ" Clark, represented Missouri as a Democrat in the U.S. Senate from 1933 to 1945 (during his first term the other Missouri Senator was Harry S. Truman, thereafter Vice President and then President of the United States).

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Prof. Ramsey also provided the following anecdote about a speech delivered by Rep. Clark at a Disciples of Christ church building:

In 1918 Champ Clark came to New Orleans for the dedication of the new facilities of the St. Charles Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a congregation which shares the same charter as the Seventh and Camp Streets Church of Christ, founded 1845 as result of a sermon preached by Alexander Campbell to a Presbyterian flock in New Orleans in 1839.

In his speech at the 1918 dedication the "Champ" turned out to be rather long-winded, so one of the elders had to go up to the pulpit and advise him to sit down and be quiet.

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