Clarke, James Franklin was born on January 31, 1832 in Buckland, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Benjamin Franklin and Sarah (Chapin) Clarke.
Bachelor of Arts, Amherst, 1854. Bachelor of Divinity, Andover Theological Seminary, 1858. (Doctor of Divinity, Amherst, 1894).
2d, Marion C. Beach, January 16, 1896 (died 1897). Ordained Congleton ministry, 1858. Pastor Bridgewater, Vermont, 1858-1859.
Missionary American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Philippopolis, Turkey, and Bulgaria, September, since 1859. Founder, 1860, and trustee Samokove Collegiate and Theological Institute Organized over 30 temperance socs.