Freeman Davis Clark was born in the late 1910s in Milo, Maine to Bess [Davis] and Arthur Clark. He was involved in Democratic politics from his earliest years. He grew up in the Milo area, and was educated in the Milo schools. He went to Bowdoin College, and entered Boston University School of Law in 1941. He saw active duty in the Army and was stationed at Okinawa in the 32nd Theater Artillery during World War II. In 1946, he became active in the Maine Democratic Party and ran unsuccessfully for Governor. He returned to Milo and practiced law. He was then a probate judge, and served as a district court judge for twenty-two years.
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