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Russell Gentry Clark
Born Russell Gentry Clark
(1925-07-27)July 27, 1925
Oregon County, Missouri
Died April 17, 2003(2003-04-17) (aged 77)
Springfield, Missouri
Education University of Missouri School of Law (LL.B.)

Russell Gentry Clark (July 27, 1925 – April 17, 2003) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Education and career[edit | edit source]

Born in Oregon County, Missouri, Clark was a lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II, from 1944 to 1946, and later received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (now the University of Missouri School of Law) in 1952. He was in private practice in Springfield, Missouri from 1952 to 1977.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit | edit source]

On June 13, 1977, Clark was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri vacated by Judge William Henry Becker. Clark was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 1, 1977, and received his commission on July 5, 1977. He served as Chief Judge from 1980 to 1985, and assumed senior status on August 1, 1991. Clark retired completely from the bench on July 31, 2000.[1]

Notable case[edit | edit source]

Clark ordered tax increases to come up with the massive amounts of money he ordered to be spent by the Kansas City school district in the case of Missouri v. Jenkins. Starting with his order "federal judges ordered more than $2 billion in new spending by the school district to encourage desegregation."[citation needed]

Death[edit | edit source]

He died on April 17, 2003, in Springfield.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2
    • Russell Gentry Clark at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Russell Gentry Clark at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Henry Becker
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
1977–1991
Succeeded by
Fernando J. Gaitan Jr.
Preceded by
Elmo Bolton Hunter
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
1980–1985
Succeeded by
Scott Olin Wright

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