MsC 47


Manuscript Register



Collection Dates 1904 -- 1937
(Bulk Dates: 1913 -- 1915)

.5 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to Internet April 2002



Acquisition Note:These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Charles F. Clarke and Mrs. Frances C. Kinnick in 1959.


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Biographical Note

George Washington Clarke was born in Shelby County, Indiana, on October 24, 1852. He attended Oskaloosa College in 1877 and received his law degree from the University of Iowa the following year. He established a law practice in Adel, Iowa. Elected to the Iowa House of Representatives, he served there from 1901 to 1909, the last five years of which he was Speaker of the House. A Republican, Clarke was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1908 and Governor in 1912. During his term Clarke supported the passage of a Workmen's Compensation Bill, a bill creating the State Highway Commission, and election reform measures. Leaving office in 1917, Clarke served as the Dean of the College of Law at Drake University in Des Moines. From 1918 until his death in 1936, George W. Clarke practiced law in Des Moines, Iowa.



Scope and Contents


The papers of George W. Clarke consist of .5 linear foot (1 box) of manuscripts dating from 1904 to 1937. The collection primarily consists of correspondence, clippings, and campaign literature from his campaign for re-election as Governor of Iowa in 1914. There are also voting records, speeches, ballots, and pamphlets relating to Republican politics in Iowa.


Related Materials


Annals of Iowa XXXIII, no. 8 (April, 1957), pp. 553 -- 571; an article on George W. Clarke in the "Eminent Iowan Series"

Annals of Iowa XXXII, no. 1 (July, 1953), pp. 47 -- 50, "The Glory of the Hawkeye State" by George W. Clarke

Box List:

Box 1


Twenty-seven clippings from various newspapers concerning taxation in Iowa, 1913 -- 14

Ten clippings from various newspapers concerning Governor Clarke's re-election, 1914

Four clippings concerning Judge C. G. Lee's candidacy for Governor, 1914

One clipping concerning the death of Mr. Clarke's sister, Mrs. Nile Kinnick, Sr., 1966

Seven miscellaneous articles

"What Cummins Has Done" -- no date given

"The Seed Corn Situation," The Iowa Homestead, March 23, 1916

"What an Extra Session Would Cost"

"Was It Rushed Through?" (concerning capitol extension legislation, October 12, 1914)

"Des Moines Graft" -- no date given

"State Buys Only 40.1 Acres", Ottumwa Daily Review, February 25, 1914

"Railroads Drop in Assessment", January 30, 1914



December 12, 1904, from Albert B. Cumming to Mr. Clarke concerning an appointment to the Board of Pharmacy and Mr. Clarke's re-election as Speaker

April 12, 1913, from J.T. Hamilton to Mr. Clarke concerning Mr. Clarke's position on the Teacher's Pension Bill

May 22, 1914, from Governor Clarke's secretary to D.W. Norris concerning publications in explanation of tax bills. Attached is a clipping concerning Marshall county's tax bill and a note from D.W. Norris to Governor Clarke supporting his position on taxes

October 21, 1914, from Mr. Clarke to John T. Hamilton concerning facts and figures on taxes found in the pamphlet "Iowa Facts", 9 pages

October 23, 1914, from A.C. Gustafson to another unnamed clergyman concerning political support for Governor Clarke

October 13, 1914, from Governor Clarke's secretary to J.M. Lisner concerning Mr. Clarke's attitude toward old soldiers. A duplicate letter dated October 30, 1914 to Charles S. Cooper

September 29, 1922, from E.K. Blaise concerning Capitol Extension Grounds

February 27, 1924, from Albert J. Beveridge to Clarke concerning paper on Theodore Roosevelt

April 30, 1937, from A. C. Gustafson to Mrs. George W. Clarke concerning the Memorial Resolution adopted by the House respecting the life, character, and public service of Honorable George W. Clarke

A paper listing decreases of Republican votes in Iowa counties 1911 -- 1913

A list of those voting for and against House Bill #669

Representative Black's voting record on selected issues (2 pages)

Senator Gavett's voting record on selected issues (2 pages)

A report on government spending during Governor Clarke's term (3 pages)

A poem by Charles F. Clarke entitled "Oak in Autumn" published in The Rotarian, December, 1953

A copy of the Memorial resolution adopted by the House honoring Governor George W. Clarke (2 pages)


A campaign ad for George Clarke for Governor. Primary June 3, 1912

Iowa Republican Platform adopted July 1, 1903 and a stenographer's report of Governor Cummins' speech of acceptance

Republican Ballot for Iowa's State Officers -- no date given

A pamphlet issued by the Republican State Central Committee entitled "Iowa Facts, Governor Clarke on Assessments" -- no date given

A pamphlet entitled "Iowa Editorial Comment Upon Clarke's Candidacy for Governor"

A Thanksgiving Proclamation, State of Iowa, Thursday, November 27, 1913, issued by Governor Clarke

Program of the Pioneer Lawmakers Association, February 24, 1937, at which a bust of George W. Clarke was presented

An Abstract of Land Valuations and Transfers 1902 -- 1913

An abstract of record and notice of appeal to the Supreme Court of Iowa in the case of Frank J. Pierce vs. The Executive Council of the State of Iowa, May term, 1913

A final decree issued by Judge Hugh Brennan, District Court of Iowa in the case of Frank J. Pierce vs. The Executive Council of Iowa, April 26, 1913

A form letter to chairmen of Boards of Supervisors for each Iowa County from the Secretary of the Executive Council of Iowa concerning 1913 assessment values. May 30, 1913, two copies

A form letter to County Auditors from the Secretary of the Executive Council of Iowa concerning certificates of adjustment of values of real estate, August 4, 1913

The Drake University Record
, vol. 13, no. 10, February 1917, which includes announcement of Mr. Clarke's appointment as Dean of the Drake Law School

Map indicating average value per acre of Iowa land and average taxable value by county, July 1913

A copy of a flyer by the German-American League endorsing and recommending State Officers -- no date given



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