The John Clarke
Society is a national organization that advances the study and
dissemination of information related to Newport, Rhode Island
founder John Clarke including contextual history.
purposes of the Society are to:
knowledge of John Clarke through scholarly research.
international awareness of Clarke as a libertarian statesman.
communication and collaboration with early Americanists and
early Americanist organizations.
and distribute information that increases awareness of Clarke’s
role in securing early religious and civil freedoms through the
King Charles II Charter of 1663.
digital repository for document surrogates related to the
understanding of John Clarke.
website to house and make accessible acquired materials and to
foster scholarly debate.
receive donations and legacies.
to promote lectures, publication, and programs that increase
public awareness of Newport’s libertarian origins.