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