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Walter McKenzie Clark was a North Carolina politician and attorney who served as an associate justice and chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.


Clark, Walter was born on August 19, 1846 in Halifax Company, North Carolina, United States. Son of David and Anna M. (Thorne) Clark.


Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina, 1864, A.M., 1867 (Doctor of Laws, 1888).


He served in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War before enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating first in his class in 1864, he returned to the war. In the 1870s, Clark moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, practiced law, and wrote books on law and history.

Clark was married on 27 January 1875 to Susan Washington Graham, daughter of William Alexander Graham. In April 1885, Governor Alfred M. Scales appointed Clark a judge of the superior court, and in 1889, Gov. Daniel G. Fowle elevated him to the state Supreme Court.

He was elected to the Supreme Court in 1890, and in 1894, was re-elected with the support of not only his own Democratic Party, but also that of the Republicans and Populists. Clark was elected chief justice in 1902 and re-elected several times. In 1912, he unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate as a liberal reformer against fellow Democrat Furnifold Simmons.

Clark died in office in 1924.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Annotated Code of Civil Procedure, 3d edition. Translated from original French, Constant’s Memoirs of Napoleon, 3 vols., 1895.


Married Susan W., d.

David Clark

Anna M. (Thorne) Clark

Susan W.