David Worth Clark

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D. Worth Clark

In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1945
Preceded by James P. Pope
Succeeded by Glen H. Taylor

Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1939
Preceded by Thomas Coffin
Succeeded by Henry Dworshak

Born April 2, 1902(1902-04-02)
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Died June 19, 1955 (aged 53)
Los Angeles, California
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery,
Culver City, California
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Virgil Irwin Clark
(m. 1926–1955, his death)[1]
Children 3 daughters[1]
Residence Pocatello
Alma mater Univ. of Notre Dame, A.B. 1922
Harvard Law School, 1925
Profession Attorney
Religion Catholic[1]

David Worth Clark aka D. Worth Clark (April 2, 1902 – June 19, 1955) was a isolationist Democratic congressman and United States Senator from Idaho. On June 20, 1941 Senator Clark spoke before 20,000-strong audience at the Hollywood Bowl speaking against American entry in the war in Europe. The event was sponsored by the America First Committee with Charles Lindbergh as feature speaker.[2]


Early years

According to the Idaho State Historical Society, Clark attended public schools in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School. He attended Columbia University in Portland, Oregon,[3] and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1922. Clark graduated from Harvard Law School in 1925 and was admitted to the bar that year. He commenced practice in Idaho at Pocatello, and was the state's assistant attorney general from 1933 to 1935.

Clark was a member of a prominent Idaho political family; his uncles Barzilla W. Clark and Chase A. Clark both served as governor of Idaho. His cousin Bethine, Chase Clark's daughter, married future U.S. Senator Frank Church in 1947.



D. Worth Clark was elected to the U.S. House from the 2nd district of Idaho in 1934. The seat had been vacant for several months, since the untimely death of Thomas Coffin in June. Clark was re-elected in 1936, defeating his successor, newspaper publisher Henry Dworshak of Burley.

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1934–1936
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1934 D. Worth Clark 57,547 60.7% Heber Q. Hale 37,200 39.3%
1936 D. Worth Clark (inc.) 67,238 60.5% Henry Dworshak 43,834 39.5%



In 1938, Clark ran for the United States Senate. He defeated the incumbent, James Pope of Boise, in the Democratic primary in August, a setback for New Deal supporters.[5] Clark defeated Republican Donald Callahan of Wallace in the general election. Clark himself was defeated for renomination in the 1944 Democratic primary by Glen H. Taylor of Pocatello. Clark ran to recover his Senate seat in 1950 and defeated Taylor in the primary, as Taylor became the third consecutive incumbent of that Senate seat to lose in the Democratic primary. In the general election in November, Clark lost to Republican Herman Welker of Payette, as all four congressional seats (two House, two Senate) went to Republicans.[6] Welker aligned himself in the Senate with the infamous Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin and lost his re-election bid in 1956 to 32 year-old Frank Church of Boise, who served four terms.

U.S. Senate elections in Idaho (Class III): Results 1938, 1950
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1938 D. Worth Clark 99,801 54.7% Donald Callahan 81,939 44.9% V.A. Verbei Progressive 845 0.46%
1950 D. Worth Clark 77,180 38.3% Herman Welker 124,237 61.7%


After Congress

After losing to Welker, Clark resumed the practice of law in Boise and Washington, D.C.. He moved to Los Angeles in 1954 and held financial interests in radio stations in Van Nuys, San Francisco, and Honolulu, and a bank in Las Vegas. While watching television with his wife and youngest daughter, Clark died of a heart attack at his southern California home at age 53 on June 19, 1955,[7][8] and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.[9]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas C. Coffin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2 congressional district

January 3, 1935–January 3, 1939
Succeeded by
Henry Dworshak
Party political offices
Preceded by
James P. Pope
Democratic Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
1938 (won)
Succeeded by
Glen H. Taylor
Preceded by
Glen H. Taylor
Democratic Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
1950 (lost)
Succeeded by
Frank Church
United States Senate
Preceded by
James P. Pope
United States Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
January 3, 1939–January 3, 1945
Served alongside: William Borah, John W. Thomas
Succeeded by
Glen H. Taylor
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