Biography of J. S. B. Clarke
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Clarke, J. S. B., son of Ralph and Elizabeth (Williamson) Clarke, was born in Fall River, September 29, 1858. His father was in the dry goods and furniture business in Fall River for over twenty five years and established the business now conducted by J. & J. S. B. Clarke in 1866. As a boy Mr. Clarke attended the public schools of Fall River and at an early age began work in his father's store, acquiring a thorough knowledge of the business. He remained with his father until September, 1888, when he purchased the business in company with his brother. Mr. Clarke served in the Common Council in 1892 from the Fourth ward and was a member of the committee on finance and public property. He was again elected in 1895 and re elected in 1896, being elected president of the council in the latter year. There were nine Democrats, including himself, and eighteen Republicans in this council, but he was elected president by a good majority. He has always been successful whenever his name was brought before the people and has been tendered the Democratic nomination for mayor. He is a member of the Mt. Hope Lodge of Masons and Manchester Unity Lodge of Odd Fellows; he is also past chancellor of Puritan Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and a member of the United Workmen and the Firemen's Relief Association, having served for seven years as a call man in the fire department. In 1878 he married Sarah, daughter of John Bury of Fall River, and they have two children: Hattie E. and Everett W.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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