Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Huguette Clark story fit for "Law and Order"

If the original Law & Order were still around, the story of Huguette Clark (daughter of former Senator William A. Clark ) would be done, with lawyers figuring prominently.

News.yahoo reported:

A court-ordered accounting of the Paris-born heiress' finances as overseen by [lawyer] Bock and [accountant] Kamsler in the last 15 years of her life is "a chilling report of the mishandling, misappropriation and mismanagement" of her assets, the relatives' lawyer, John R. Morken, wrote in papers filed Monday.


Clark was married briefly in her 20s to a poor bank clerk studying law. They parted ways after only nine months.

William Clark's career as a U.S. Senator is of interest, and is not unrelated to the passage of the 17th Amendment. Mark Twain wrote of Clark:

"He is as rotten a human being as can be found anywhere under the flag; he is a shame to the American nation, and no one has helped to send him to the Senate who did not know that his proper place was the penitentiary, with a ball and chain on his legs. To my mind he is the most disgusting creature that the republic has produced since Tweed's time."

Clark himself said:

"I never bought a man who wasn't for sale."

The poor bank clerk mentioned by yahoo.news was William MacDonald Gower, the son of a business associate of her late father and a Princeton grad.

The Fifth Avenue residence of Clark was at 952 Fifth Ave [wikipedia] Note following the death of her father in 1925, she and her mother moved from a mansion at 962 Fifth Avenue to a 12th floor apartment at 907 Fifth Avenue. [ask.com]


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