cover could have been included under the
"Cancellations - Free Franking"
section, however it did not become compulsory to pre-pay mail
until April 1, 1855, thus this letter even without the "Franking"
privilege, could have been sent stampless, although regular U.S.
postage stamps were available starting in 1847.
John Hopkins Clarke was
born on April 1, 1789 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. While he was
still quite young; John's family moved to Providence, Rhode
Island where he received instruction from a private tutor until
entering Brown University. He graduated from Brown in 1809 and
began further studies in the field of law. He was admitted to
the Rhode Island State Bar and opened a private law practice at
Providence, RI in 1812.
served as Clerk of the Rhode Island Supreme
Court beginning in 1813 and ran a distillery in Cranston
until 1824. In 1824, he switched to cotton manufacturing. He was
elected to the State House
of Representatives in 1836
and again 1845.
member of the Whig Party,
John H. Clarke was elected to the
United States Senate
on March 4, 1847 and served until 1853. After completing his
term of office in the Senate, Clarke returned to cotton
John Hopkins Clarke died in
Providence, Rhode Island on November 3, 1870 and is buried in
the old North Burial Ground.