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Clark W. McDonnell
Clark W. McDonnell
North Dakota Public Service Commissioner
In office
January 1, 1941 – December 31, 1950
Preceded by none
Succeeded by Everett H. Brant
Personal details
Born (1870-05-19)May 19, 1870
Nova Scotia, Canada
Died May 15, 1952(1952-05-15) (aged 81)
Bismarck, North Dakota
Political party Republican

Clark W. McDonnell (May 19, 1870 – May 15, 1952) was a North Dakota Republican Party politician who served as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner from 1941 to 1950. Prior to 1941, his title was North Dakota Railroad Commissioner. He had served in that position since 1920.

Clark McDonnell was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1870. He came to Minnesota in 1883, and began work for the Soo Line Railroad in 1892 as a telegraph operator in Paynesville, Minnesota. He came to Kensal, North Dakota as an agent for the Soo Line in March 1893, and stayed in that position until 1905. He left the railroad industry that year and operated a dray and ice business in Kensal for the next five years. He operated a farm in Foster County from 1909 to 1923, and served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1917 to 1920 in the 32nd district.[2] He was elected as North Dakota Railroad Commissioner in 1920. The Railroad Commission became known as the North Dakota Public Service Commission in 1940, and McDonnell served until 1950 when, after winning the Republican primary, he withdrew his name from the ballot in September, and retired at the age of 80. He died two years later aged 81 in Bismarck.

Bruce Davis Bruce Conrad McDonnell Davis was his grandson.

Clark Wesley McDonnell (1870-1952).  He served in the North Dakota State House of Representatives from 1917 - 1920, Railroad Commission 1921 - 1936, and Public Service Commission 1941 - 1950.  C.W. was involved with the railroad (maybe Station Master) in Kensal, ND.  He later became the ND Railroad Commissioner serving for several years in that capacity. Son Wesley Clark McDonnell date of birth 12-10-1898 in Kensal, ND.  He died in Vancouver, WA on 1-31-1974.  Grand son is Bernard Clark McDonnell date of birth 7-10-1929 in Williston, ND.  Great Grandson is David Steven McDonnell date of birth 4-15-1951 in Vancouver, WA 

That is all the information I have on C.W.  My father and mother-in-law still live in Vancouver, WA.  Their phone number is 360-260-3113.  Their address is 17401 SE 39th Street #98, Vancouver, WA 98683-9424.  It is best to call them as I don't know if they would be able to respond well in writing.  My sister-in-law, Lisa Stanczak, lives with them to help care for them.  She also has a job.  She has a computer and possibly could take an oral history from them and e-mail it to you .Let me know if I can help you any more, Benine McDonnell  I am the wife of David Steven McDonnell  509-952-4652

Dear Dr. Hoggarth, 
Shane Molander, Reference Specialist, State Archives & Historical Research Library, State Historical Society of ND, wrote the following to a family friend in June, 2004.

"Clark W. McDonnell's portrait does not currently hang in the capital building.  We should have a composite of this at our off-site storage facility and could probably have a reprint made if you were interested.  Mr. McDonnell (1870-1952) served in the State House of Representatives from 1917 -1920, Railroad Commission 1921-1936, and Public Service Commission 1941-1950. To order a photograph, you will want to contact our photo archivist, Sharon Silengo at  You will want to provide her with the information stated above.  The composite of Mr. McDonnell should have be transferred to the SHSND in 1973."