James Sterling Clark
The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1997.
James Sterling Clark was a native of Barbour County, Alabama. He was the son of Edward and Stella Floyd Clark. James Clark graduated from Eufaula High School where he was Valedictorian of his class.
After graduation Mr. Clark joined his father in the management of the family plantation and was active in the Alabama National Guard.
Mr. Clark was married to Marie Kendall. He was the father of three children and two grandchildren.
In 1942 his National Guard Unit became part of the U. S. 8th Air Force, and he was shipped to Europe where he served until 1945.
Following separation from the Air Force, he returned to his hometown and became active in civic, religious, and educational affairs. He served as Mayor of Eufaula, 1976-78. He was elected to the Alabama Senate where he served for 16 consecutive years. In 1983 he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and was reelected numerous times.
James Clark served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, serving in a unprecedented third term. He was named one of the nine Outstanding Legislators in the Nation by the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Mr. Clark was an active leader in Alabama's economic, agricultural, and religious efforts to improve the living conditions of its citizens.
Mr. Clark died on June 6, 2000.