Biography of Myron H. Clark


Clark, Myron H., Buffalo, the oldest and only surviving son of Elon Clark and Julia F. Standart, his wife, was born June 20, 1853, in Elma, Erie county, where he has always resided. His mother's grandfather, Captain Standart, married a niece of John Hancock, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Clark's paternal great-grandfather, Henry Clark, Sr., born November 27, 1767, was an early settler of of Rensselaer county, N. V., his son, Henry, jr., being born there, in Hoosac, July 7, 1797. Elon Clark, son of Henry, jr., was also born there April 18, 1822, came to Erie county with his father when ten years old, and first settled at Holland, but afterwards moved to near Town Line in the town of Lancaster. Elon Clark manufactured lumber and also the wood work for the old Ketchum & Howard mowers and reapers. He died in June, 1856. Myron H. Clark was educated in the district schools and the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, N. Y., and in March, 1871, was graduated from Bryan & Stratton's Business College in Buffalo. He then engaged in farming and lumbering until 1879, when he began the study of the law in Buffalo with Milo A. Whitney, with whom he remained two and one-half years. He completed his legal studies with Charles F. Taber, was admitted to the bar in April, 1883, and at once formed a copartnership with Frederick Howard, under the firm name of Howard & Clark, which still continues. Mr. Clark has won success in the general practice of his profession. He has always been an ardent and active Republican, and was clerk of the Erie County Board of Supervisors in 1881, supervisor of the town of Elma in 1886 and 1887, chairman of the board in the latter year, and member of ths State Legislature from the fifth assembly district of this county in 1892. In the Assembly he was a member of the judiciary and excise committees. He has long been a trustee and treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Elma M. E. church and is president of the Elma Cemetery Association. May 24, 1876, Mr. Clark married Mary Eliza, daughter of Alonzo C. Bancroft, of Elm a, and their children are Russell B., Elon B., Myron A., and Ruth.

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A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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