Clark was a senator from Montana and was a Democrat. He served from 1901 to 1907.
He was previously a senator from Montana as a Democrat from 1899 to 1901.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Clark faced an allegation of bribery to win a Senate seat. On Apr. 23, 1900, the Committee on Privileges and Elections unanimously concluded he was not entitled to his seat and recommended a vote to unseat him. On May. 15, 1900, he resigned rather than be voted out. In 1901, he was elected to fill the vacancy he'd just created by a Montana legislature filled with winning candidates he'd financially supported.
|Apr. 23, 1900||Committee on Privileges and Elections unanimously concluded he was not entitled to his seat and recommended a vote to unseat him|
|May. 15, 1900||He resigned rather than be voted out.|
|1901||Clark was elected to fill the vacancy he'd just created by a Montana legislature filled with winning candidates he'd financially supported. His prior antagonist had died in 1900 and no new charges challenging his seat were filed.|
From Dec 1899 to Mar 1907, Clark missed 184 of 403 roll call votes, which is 45.7%. This is much worse than the median of 29.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1907. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1899-Feb 1900||20||8||40.0%||78th|
|Dec 1901-Feb 1902||26||6||23.1%||54th|
|Dec 1903-Apr 1904||36||30||83.3%||96th|
|Dec 1904-Mar 1905||56||29||51.8%||91st|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo