CLARK, JOHN C.
CLARK, JOHN C. (?–?). John C. Clark, officer of the Texas Navy, was recommended to President Mirabeau B. Lamar by Nathan Amory in Washington, D.C., on February 27, 1840, as "an old friend...with whom I passed several years in Venezuela." In that South American country Clark commanded several Colombian ships of war under Simón Bolívar during the revolution. Clark was commissioned into the Texas Navy by Secretary of the Navy Louis P. Cooke on June 2, 1840, and commanded the Texas brig-of-war Wharton from July until December 1841. In reaction to the raid of Rafael Vásquez in March 1842, President Sam Houston appointed Clark to the command of the Galveston coast guards. With the steamer Laffite and the sloop Washington, he was to intercept any Mexican troop or supply movements aimed at the upper Texas coast and was authorized to capture not only belligerent vessels but neutrals carrying contraband as well.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Thomas W. Cutrer, "CLARK, JOHN C.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fcl51), accessed February 08, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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