Biography of Brayton R. Clark
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Brayton Richardson Clark. - In the death of Brayton Richardson Clark, Dec. 27, 1923, the city of Malone lost one of its most prominent business men and representative citizens. He was treasurer of the Malone Paper Company, vice president of the Peoples Trust Company, and vice president of the Malone Light & Power Company. Mr. Clark was born at Antwerp, Jefferson County, Jan. 12, 1857, the son of Edwin Sylvester Clark.

Edwin Sylvester Clark was born in Vermont in 1835 and was among the first settlers of Northern New York. He successfully engaged in the mercantile business at Dexter until the time of his death in 1918. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Clark were: 1. Brayton Richardson, the subject of this sketch. 2. Herbert V., who died in August, 1930, was a successful merchant of Watertown for many years. 3. Emma, born in April, 1867, married Louis F. Lehr, who is president of the Malone Paper Company. 4. Frank B., merchant, lives at Watertown.

Brayton Richardson Clark attended the public schools of Dexter and in 1877 was graduated from St. Lawrence University. For a time he engaged in business at Pierrepont Manor, N. Y., and later was associated with his father's interests in Dexter. Mr. Clark came to Malone in 1900 as president of the Malone Paper Company and served in that capacity for many years. At the time of his death he held the office of treasurer of the company.

On March 19, 1879, Mr. Clark married Miss Hattie Boyden Webb, the daughter of Albert and Cordelia (Boyden) Webb, of Pierrepont Manor. Their son, Charles H., was born in 1900. He was graduated from Franklin Academy in 1917, Clarkson School of Technology of Potsdam in 1923, and Albany Law School in 1926. After his admission to the bar, Mr. Clark practiced law with Judge Frederick H. Bryant, at Malone. Two years later he removed to Syracuse, where he is associated with Oliver Borden, U. S. District Attorney.

Brayton R. Clark was a life long Republican. He held membership in the Universalist Church, and was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, B. P. O. Elks, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His widow is a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and lives in the family residence at 24 Second Street, Malone.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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