James Clark, born in Clark's Valley, Pennsylvania on October 21, 1809, was not raised Catholic. He graduated from West Point in 1829, and served one year in the Army. He became a seminarian, entering the Society in 1844. Subsequently he taught and served as Treasurer at Georgetown College; was appointed President of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1861; and as President of Gonzaga College in Washington, D.C. in 1869. Known as an administrator, he maintained an interest in the Army until old age and kept close contact with his family. Rev. Clark returned to Georgetown College in 1875, and taught and served as spiritual counselor until his death on September 9, 1885.