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Attorney General: Thomas Campbell Clark

Clark, Thomas Campbell
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Thomas Campbell Clark was born in Dallas, Texas, on September 23, 1899. He earned an A.B. degree from the University of Texas, an LL.B. from that university in 1922 and in the same year was admitted to the Texas bar. From 1922 to 1927 he was a member of his father's law firm, Clark and Clark. In 1927 he was civil district attorney for Dallas County, Texas. Clark was a special attorney in the Bureau of War Risk Litigation, Department of Justice, in 1937. He was a special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Antitrust Division in 1938. From 1940 to 1942 he served as Chief, West Coast Offices, in the Antitrust Division of Justice. In 1942 he was named coordinator of Alien Enemy Control of the Western Defense Command, and Chief, Civilian Staff for Japanese War Relocation. In 1943 he was Chief, War Frauds Unit, and first assistant to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice. In August 1943 he was named Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Criminal Division. President Truman appointed Clark Attorney General of the United States on July 1, 1945. He held that office until 1949, when he was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Clark retired from the Bench in 1967. He died in New York City on June 13, 1977.

About the Artist: Greta M. Kempton


Greta Kempton was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved to New York. She was chosen by the Truman family to do the official White House portraits of the President and his wife, Elizabeth Wallace (Bess) Truman. She also painted members of Truman's cabinet, including Secretary of the Treasury John Wesley Snyder.

Updated October 24, 2022