Biography of Arthur L. McClernon
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Arthur L. McClernon, filling the office of county recorder of Buchanan county, was born in Independence on the 6th of March, 1878, a son of Hugh and Bridget (Maroncy) McClernon. The father was born in Belfast, Ireland, and the mother in County Clare, Ireland. He was a saddler by trade, having learned the business in Scotland, and he became a harness dealer ere leaving his native country. In 1864 he sailed for the United States and for some years remained in New York city, after which he came to Independence about 1868 or 1869. Here he engaged in the saddlery business in connection with his uncle, the partnership existing until his uncle's death about two years later. Mr. McClernon afterward remained in the business until his demise, which occurred on the 31st of March, 1903. For several years he had survived his wife, who died in 1896. In public affairs Mr. McClernon tpok a deep interest and for many years filled the office of alderman, exercising his official prerogatives in support of many measures for the general good.

Arthur L. McClernon was the second in order of birth in a family of five children. He attended the public schools of Independence and when seventeen years of age took up the saddlery business in connection with his father, with whom he was associated for about ten years or until the latter's death. He then took over the business, which he continued alone for about six years. At the end of that time he disposed of his stock and went upon the road as a traveling salesman for a. large wholesale saddlery company, whom he thus represented for about three years. He was then elected to his present office. In his political views he has always been a stalwart democrat and in the fall of 1912 he was elected county recorder of Buchanan county, assuming the duties of the office on the 1st of January, 1913. He had previously served as alderman for a number of years. He now devotes his entire time and attention to his official duties and is making a creditable record in that connection. His religious faith is that of the Roman Catholic church. He is widely and favorably known in Independence, where he has spent his entire life, and many of his stanchest friends are those who have known him from his boyhood to the present time.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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