Edward Clark was born in Philadelphia, son of James Clark, and nephew of the engineer Thomas Clark. From both his father, who taught architectural drawing at the Franklin Institute, and his uncle, Clark received training for a career in architecture. After leaving school he entered the office of Thomas Ustick Walter, who was then at work on Girard College. When Walter was appointed architect for the wings and dome of the United States Capitol in 1851, Clark accompanied him to Washington. There he was appointed superintending architect of the Patent Office extension and later of the extension of the General Post Office. Walter resigned his Capitol position in 1865 and recommended tnat Clark be appointed his successor. Under Clark's direction the porticoes were completed (1867) and Frederick Law Olmstead selected to landscape the Capitol grounds. As Architect of the Capitol he served on several commissions, including those for the completion of the Washington Monument and the construction of the Congressional Library.
Clark was elected a Fellow of the AlA in 1888.
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