Biography of Frank H. Clark
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FRANK H. CLARK, son of Martin Swift and Harriet (Franklin) Clark, born July 26, 1858, at Center Lisle, accompanied his parents to Lisle Village in 1864, and resided there until 1879. He attended the district schools and academy at Lisle, acquired a small mercantile business there when he was eighteen, which he subsequently disposed of, and went into the far West and located at Cheyenne, Wyoming, in May, 1879. He resided there for nearly thirty years. In Cheyenne he joined the news staff of the "Leader," a morning daily, and became its city editor before he abandoned news gathering and took up law. He was engaged in the general practice of law at Cheyenne for twenty five years. Interested in politics, he served on the Republican county central committee at Cheyenne through several campaigns, and was elected to, the House of Representatives in the territorial Legislature last preceding Wyoming's statehood. He was clerk of the Territorial House of Representatives in 1886. In 1889 he was appointed by Judge Van Deventer, (now of the United States Supreme Court), to be clerk of the courts of the four counties of his judicial district in Wyoming. Mr. Clark was also the first referee in bankruptcy to be appointed in Wyoming under the present Federal act. In fraternal circles he is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and during ten years was officially connected with the supreme government of that order. He is also an Elk.

He returned to Lisle in November, 1911, while his aged mother, since deceased, was yet living, and he has quietly identified himself with the people and interests of his home town in many ways. He served as chairman of the Liberty Loan committees of Lisle through the second, third and fourth Liberty Loan drives, and succeeded in making a very creditable showing for Lisle and her communities. He is the local historian of the village and town, and has prepared a record of Lisle's World War activities which is now in the archives at Albany.

Mr. Clark is president of the Lisle Free Library, chartered by the State Board of Regents, and organized to take over the Franklin Memorial Building which H. H. Franklin, the automobile manufacturer of Syracuse, has undertaken to provide for his native town. Mr. Clark retired from the active practice of law some years ago, but devotes much of his time to local history and literary work.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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