Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. is a retired general of the United States Army. He was valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point. Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000. He joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as a candidate in 2003, but withdrew from the primary race in 2004.
About Wesley Clark in brief
Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. is a retired general of the United States Army. He was valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point. Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000. He joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as a candidate in 2003, but withdrew from the primary race in 2004, after winning the Oklahoma state primary. Clark has his own consulting firm, Wesley K. Clark and Associates, and is chairman and CEO of Enverra, a licensed boutique investment bank. He has worked with over 100 private and public companies on energy, security, and financial services. Clark’s father’s family was Jewish; his paternal grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Belarus in response to the Pale of Settlement and anti-Jewish violence from Russian pogroms. His mother was of English ancestry and was a Methodist. His father, Benjamin Jacob Kanne, graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and served as an ensign during World War I. He served as a delegate to the 1932 Democratic National Convention that nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt as the party’s presidential candidate. Clark was born in Chicago on December 23, 1944; his father died on December 6, 1948; his mother then moved the family to Little Rock, Arkansas. He is married to Victor Clark, whom she met while working as a secretary at a bank. Victor raised Wesley as his son, and officially adopted him on Wesley’s 16th birthday.
Wesley would later say that he wished they had not done. Although his mother was Methodist, Clark chose a Baptist church after moving to LittleRock and continued attending it throughout his childhood. Clark is engaged in business in North America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. Between July 2012 and November 2015, he was an honorary special advisor to Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta on economic and security matters. He said that Douglas MacArthur’s famous \”Duty of Honor, country, honor, country\” speech was an important influence on his view of the military. Clark said that he decided he wanted to go to West Point after meeting a cadet with glasses who told him that one did not need perfect vision to be a good soldier. Clark applied for West Point as he had thought he thought one did. Clark accepted and was accepted on April 24, 1962, when he entered the military academy at the United United States Military Academy at the West Point, New York. Clark participated heavily in his classes, and was consistently in the top 5% of his class. He played for his high school swim team. He helped take their swim team to the state championship, filling in for a sick teammate by swimming two legs of a relay. He also won a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master’s degree in military science.