John McLane Clarke graduated from Dartmouth College in 1932. He ran the New Canaan, Conn. Gazette for a brief period; then he joined the editorial staff at the Washington Post, under Felix Morley. In 1938 he was chosen as one of the first recipients of the Niemen Fellowship to study journalism at Harvard University. Upon completion of the fellowship he became a public relations assistant for John G. Winant, director of the International Labour Office. During World War II he served as an assistant to Nelson A. Rockefeller in the Office of the Coordinator for Inter-American Affairs. In 1948 he purchased the Claremont (N.H.) Daily Eagle, which he published until his death in 1950.