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Richard Elijah Clark

Clergyman , professor

Richard Elijah Clark, American clergyman, university professor. member local chapter American Red Cross.; Member Florida Academy Sciences, Southern Sociological Society, American Association University professors, American Academy Political and Social Science, Pi Gamma Museum; Mason.

Background

Clark, Richard Elijah was born on February 22, 1882 in Pittsboro, North Carolina, United States. Son of Nathan Stedman and Betty (Wortham) Clark.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Wake Forest College, 1910. Master of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1913. Bachelor of Divinity, Crozer Theological Seminary, 1913.

Graduate student of University of Chicago, 1914. Doctor of Philisophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1915. Post-graduate work, University of N. Carolina, summers 1930, 31.

Career

Supervising principal Rural Retreat (Virginia) high school, 1918-1919. Professor of history and social science, Juniata College, 1920. Head department economics and business administration, Olivet College, 1920-1921.

Head department economics and business administration, Centre College, 1921-1923. Dean, Chowan College, 1923-1924. Professor of history and Bible, 1924-1925.

Head department political science, Coker College, 1925-1926. Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cheraw, South Carolina., 1926-1930. Head department sociology, John B. Stetson University since 1930.

Executive board member local chapter American Red Cross.

Religion

Creeds should be rejected as they may compromise a believer’s obligation to interpret the Bible under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Politics

The belief in religious freedom and its corollary, the separation of the institutions of church and state, come from the commitment to the authority of the Bible.

Views

Christians should take seriously their calling as salt and light.

Membership

Member local chapter American Red Cross. Member Florida Academy Sciences, Southern Sociological Society, American Association University professors, American Academy Political and Social Science, Pi Gamma Museum.

Connections

Married Mattie Vivian Griffin, June 23, 1915. Children: Edward, Jefferson, Julian, Mattie Lucille (Mistress H. W. Johnson), Benjaman Robert.

father:
Nathan Stedman Clark

mother:
Betty (Wortham) Clark

spouse:
Mattie Vivian Griffin

child:
Edward Clark

child:
Jefferson Clark

child:
Julian Clark

child:
Mattie Lucille Clark (Mistress H. W. Johnson)

child:
Benjaman Robert Clark