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CLARK, ROBERT CARLTON (1877–1939). Robert Carlton Clark, teacher and historian, son of Sallie (McQuigg) and Addison Clark, was born at Thorp Spring, Texas, on March 4, 1877. In 1893 he graduated from Add-Ran College (later Texas Christian University). His early teaching was in the public schools of Mineral Wells and at Bay View College in Portland, Texas. While a graduate student at the University of Texas, he prepared transcripts of official documents in the national archives of Mexico. He was one of the early historians of Spanish-French relations on the Texas-Louisiana border. His earliest authoritative contribution, under the general title "The Beginnings of Texas," appeared in the January and July 1902 Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association (now the Southwestern Historical Quarterly). In 1901–02 he held a graduate scholarship at the University of Wisconsin; in 1903 he was appointed fellow in American history at the same university, where he was awarded a doctorate. He taught at Pennsylvania State College and later at the University of Oregon, where he became head of the history department. He was married first to Ann W. Wallace, with whom he had three children; he then married Marguerite Straugham, and they had two children. On December 4, 1939, he died in the classroom of a heart attack. He was buried in Eugene, Oregon.

J. L. Clark


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

J. L. Clark, "CLARK, ROBERT CARLTON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 31, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.