Alonzo Monroe Clark
(August 13, 1868 – October 12, 1952) was an American politician
who was the 16th Governor of Wyoming
from 1931 to 1933.
Clark was born in Flint, Indiana
. He was raised and educated in Nebraska
after his family moved there from Indiana. After graduating from Nebraska State Teachers College in 1898, he served as Superintendent of Schools for Dawes County, Nebraska
before moving to Wyoming in 1901. He homesteaded more than in Campbell county and was a teacher.
In 1926 he was elected Secretary of State. When the then-current governor, Frank Emerson
died, on February 18, 1931, just six weeks into his second term, the line of succession put State Secretary Clark into the post of acting governor until the next election to be held, November 1932. Clark officially took office after Emerson's Sunday funeral, which was three days later.. That November, he was defeated in the Republican primary, and resumed his term as Secretary of State.
In 1934 he successfully secured the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to the then-incumbent, Democrat Leslie A. Miller
. He also campaigned unsuccessfully for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
The National Governors Association noted:
He was married twice, first to Lucy M. Smith (who died in 1944) with whom he had one child, and then to Florence Russell.
He died on October 12, 1952 in Thermopolis, Wyoming
, aged 84, and is buried in Carleton, Nebraska