Biography of Martin E. McClary
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Martin E. McClary. - Having practiced law in Malone for a period of over 30 years, Martin E. McClary, who died Oct. 13, 1915, was recognized as a leading attorney of Franklin County. He was born at Albany, Vt., Feb. 15, 1854, the son of Orson R. and Lucy (Smith) McClary.

Martin E. McClary obtained his early education in the district schools, attended Peacham Academy, and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College in 1876. During his college career he was a teacher in the district schools of Northern Vermont, and after his graduation from Dartmouth he came to Malone as principal of Franklin Academy, in which capacity he served for ten years. He also studied law in the office of Hon. H. A. Taylor, former county judge, and in 1886 was admitted to the bar. Soon thereafter he formed a partnership with the Hon. Frederick G. Paddock, which continued until 1895. Mr. McClary then practiced alone until 1907, when he became associated with William L. Allen, who had secured part of his legal training in the offices of Mr. McClary. During the following year Mr. McClary's son, Arthur E., was admitted to the firm and the partnership continued successfully until the death of the elder Mr. McClary. It has since continued under the firm name of Allen & McClary.

At the time of his death in 1915 Mr. McClary was a director of the Peoples National Bank, the Alice Hyde Hospital Association, and trustee of the Farrar Home and the Malone Cemetery Association. He had for many years been a trustee of the New York State Hospital for the treatment of Incipient Tuberculosis at Raybrook, N. Y., at one time also being president of the board. He served as president of the local board of education for six years, and had also been school commissioner. In 1890 Mr. McClary was identified with the construction of the Adirondacks Division of the New York Central Railroad, and served as local counsel until his death.

On Aug. 2, 1876, Mr. McClary was united in marriage with Miss Patience Ford, the daughter of Seth Ford, of Barnet, Vt. Mrs. McClary died in 1928. To Mr. and Mrs. McClary were born four children: Two sons are deceased. A daughter, Mrs. Emily Woodbury, resides at Allston, Mass. A son, Arthur E., was born May 23, 1881. He was educated in the public schools of Malone and was graduated from Dartmouth College with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1905. He studied law in his father's office, being admitted to the bar in September, 1908, and as mentioned above he is now a member of the firm of Allen & McClary. He was married Aug. 24, 1909, to Miss Marie Pickett, the daughter of William P. Pickett, of Portsmouth, N. H. To this union have been born three children: 1. Nelson A., born in 1910, attends Dartmouth College. 2. Louise P., born in 1912. 3. William P., born in 1925. Arthur E. McClary is a director of the People's Trust Company of Malone, trustee and treasurer of the Malone Cemetery Association, trustee of the Alice Hyde Hospital, and trustee of the Board of Education of Malone. He is past president of the Kiwanis Club, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, and is a Past Commander of Franklin Commandery, Knight Templars.

Martin E. McClary was a deacon of the First Congregational Church, and belonged to the Masonic orders, being a member of Karnock Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Montreal.

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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