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Lawyers and Poetry

Francis Barnard Clark, Jr.


Francis Clark was born at Augusta, Georgia on November 7, 1850. He was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (class of 1870) and obtained his B.L. degree from the University of Virginia in 1872. He was admitted to practice in 1875. He served as state solicitor, Mobile County, from 1880 to 1886. In 1879 he was special reporter for the Alabama Supreme Court. He lived in Mobile, Alabama all his life and died there in 1896.

Clark was the author of "some poetry."

[Source: Thomas McAdory Owen & Marie Bankhead Owen, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama 331-332 (Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1921)] [online text]

[Source: Frances B. Clark Collection, Virginia Military Institute][The VMI archival materials include a "Notebook containing original poetry by Cadet Francis B. Clark, Jr., including 'Natural Bridge,' 'To the Lee Family,' and "Washington and Lee." The collection also contains one privately printed poem, 'The Irish Emigrant.' (Contents note, Francis B. Clark Collection)][According to a Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi, Clark received a B.L. degree from the University of Virginia in 1972. He served as state solicitor of Mobile County, 1860-1866, and was special reporter for the Supreme Court of Alabama in 1879.]


Francis B. Clark, Manual of the Law of Crimes and Criminal Practice in Alabama (Montgomery, Alabama: Barrett & Brown, 1878)

_____________, Digest of the Criminal Cases decided by the Supreme Court of Alabama, from the forty-fourth to the sixty-third volumes of reports, inclusive (Montgomery: Holt & Crawford, 1881)

_____________, Clark's Form Book containing legal and business forms useful to bankers, brokers, real estate agents . . . &c., as well as to judges, attorneys . . . and other officials (Mobile, Alabama: Mobile Daily Register Print., 1889)(Mobile, Alabama: Brown Print. Co., 1902)

Research Resources

Frances B. Clark Collection
Virginia Military Institute