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Favorable or Unfavorable #159: John H. Clarke


Favorable or Unfavorable #159: John H. Clarke  

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Justice John H. Clarke of OH is one of two SC justices of the 20th century that I can name off the top of my head that resigned from the court after a few years because they didn't like the work. James Byrnes of SC (who we polled earlier) is the other. Clarke represents one of many Bourbon Democrats (see his 1896 action) that embraced the progressive movement once it was normalized with TR, Taft (to a moderate extent), and Wilson. Wilson had also been a Bourbon Democrat, highly supportive of Cleveland. Clarke ended up being a New Deal Democrat in the 1930s. 

His actions:

Clarke, John H 1896 Refuses to back WJ Bryan; supports 3rd Party Gold Dem Palmer
Clarke, John H 1916 Confirmed to SC for Wilson on Gregory's recomm.
Clarke, John H 1922 Resigns from SC as it isn't to his liking
Clarke, John H 1922 Becomes Pres of Org supporting US entry into League of Nations
Clarke, John H 1932 Backs underground effort to make Newton D Baker pres, if Dem Conv deadlocked
Clarke, John H 1937 Agrees to FDR's request to give radio broadcast supporting court packing scheme
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