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Sen. William Clark

Former Senator for Montana

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.
Photo of Sen. William Clark [D-MT, 1901-1907]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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