Biography of John K. Clements
Broome County, NY Biographies





JOHN K CLEMENTS - From the age of fourteen Mr. Clements, now the executive head of important business corporations in Binghamton, New York, and elsewhere, has been identifled with the business interests of his city and has for many years been interested in literary work, the past ten years having been an editorial writer on the "Christian Endeavor World." He is a writer of both prose and verse and has published several books. He is a son of John and Elizabeth (Mains) Clements, both born in County Armagh, in the North of Ireland. The family came to the United States and settled in Sullivan county, New York. John Clements, a farmer, passed away in 1910, his wife yet surviving him.

John R. Clements was born in County Armagh, Ireland, November 28, 1868, and was brought by his parents to the United States. He attended public school in Sullivan county, New York, until fourteen years of age, then entered the service of a retail groceryman, remaining in that line about four years. In 1886 he secured a position with the S. Mills Ely Company, wholesale grocers and importers, of Binghamton, New York, and with constantly increasing responsibility he continued his association with that company until it went into liquidation in 1921. Mr. Clements is president of the Binghamton Warehouse & Supply Company, treasurer of the Binghamton Chair Company, Inc., and a director of the W. A. Clemeats Company, Inc., of Waverly, New York.

Mr. Clements is the author of "No Night There" and other songs; "Pen Points" and "War Day Lyrics." He is a pleaslag writer both of poetry and prose, while his editorials have for ten years been a feature of the "Christian Endeavor World." He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of Binghamton, and the Young Men's Christian Association; in political faith he is an Independent. In one election he was the Prohibition candidate for Secretary of State.

Mr. Clements married, in Binghamton, New York, in 1890, Anna R. Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Clements are the parents of three children: 1. Philip B., a veteran of the war with Germany, 1917, a volunteer, going overseas with the 108th Ambulance Company, American Expeditionary Forces, and returning at the close of the war with the rank of sergeant. 2. Dorothy M., a graduate of Cook Academy, and a graduate in music from Oberlin College; married H. N. Van Tuyl, Jr. 3. Francis Clark, a graduate of Binghamton High School, with leanings toward literature.

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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