Biography of Martin E. McClery
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Martin Eugene McClery, born in Albany, Vt., February 15, 1854, dame to Malone at once following his graduation from Dartmouth College in 1876 to become principal of Franklin Aeademy, which position he continued to hold with great acceptability to the board of education and with a brilliant record for high class work for ten years. A thorough scholar, with a faculty for interesting students and for imparting instruction, enthusiastic and untiring in his work, young enough to understand intuitively and intimately the tendencies and practices of youth and human enough to deal with them in a tactful way, Mr. McClary was one of the most successful heads that the academy ever had, and attached his pupils strongly in bonds of admiration and affection. During the closing years of his school service he studied law, and was admitted to the bar concurrently with the elose of his term of teaching, at once opening an office in Malone, and continuing in practice here until his death. He held the office of school commissioner for six years from 1891, and with his interest in educational matters and his peculiar fitness for the place, was as a matter of course an efficient official. He was chairman of the Republican county committee for two or three years, and in 1908 was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Senator, and in 1899 for the Assembly, unsuccessful perhaps because he would not employ the methods of solicitation and persuasion which usuafly win in such contests. In 1892 Mr. McClary had been one of the hardest workers in the movement to secur.e the building of the Adirondack and St. Lawrence Railway, and displayed such ability in the nogations with Dr. Webb, and in t.he preparation of agreements with him, that when the road had been built he was employed to look after the loeal legal business of the company in settling deals for rights of way and in preparing and trying cases in court. Much of his time for more than twenty years was given to this work. Mr. McClary was of unsullied character, held positive convictions on all questions that interested him, was a pleasant and persuasive speaker, and never failed to give earnest and generous support according to his means and to the extent of his abilities to all meritorious local projects. He was a contributory organizer and stockholder in a number of local enterprises which were instituted more with the thought that they would benefit Malone than that they would put money in the pockets of their hackers. He was for several years president of the board of trustees of the State tuberculosis hospital at Ray Brook, a trustee of the Farrar Home for Deserving Old Ladies, president of the village board of education, a.nd a zealous and working director of the Alice Hyde Memorial Hospital Association. He died October 13, 1915.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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