Biography of Martin S. Clark
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MARTIN SWIFT CLARK, born February 15, 1830, at Center Lisle, Broome county, New York, is a son of David and Sarah (Howland) Clark, the latter a daughter of Consider and Elizabeth (Hall) Howland, with whom they came from Plymouth county, Massachusetts, in 1811, and settled in the town of Lisle.

Fatherless at three years of age, he was self supporting after his twelfth year. Schooled in the country, supplemented by two years at the Troy, New York, Academy, he entered employ at Fulton, New York, but he returned to Lisle in 1849. In 1851 he went to California via the Gulf and Isthmus, and again, after five years of prospecting and mining, he returned to Center Lisle and entered into business with Benjamin Woodworth.

In 1863 he opened a general store in Lisle Village and continued in the business until the building and stock were destroyed by fire. Subsequently, the firm, Clark & Burghardt, acquired a nearby timber tract, erected a mill and engaged in the manufacture of lumber. In 1880 Mr. Clark was attracted to Leadville, Colorado, by the mining excitement there, but during the following year he became interested with others and went to Oregon, where they acquired a large band of sheep which they drove over the trail to the upland ranges and disposed of to flockmasters in Wyoming. He then returned to Lisle, and there passed the remaining years of his life. In Lisle, he served several terms as supervisor for that town, also as member of the Village School Board, of which he was president, and was justice of the peace for many years prior to his death, December 14, 1893.

On October 1, 1857, he married Harriet Franklin, daughter of John H. and Cornelia B. Franklin, who had come from Cayuga county and settled in Lisle. Of his family four children survive: Frank H., the eldest, a biography of whom follows; Jennie C. and Mary H. Clark, of Lisle; and Walter M. Clark, of Seattle, Washington.

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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