James Clark, born in Pennsylvania in 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 administered at Georgetown, then was president of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and Gonzaga, in Washington. Known as an administrator, he maintained an interest in the Army until old age and kept close contact with his family. He died in 1885.