Biography of Harry P. Clark
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HARRY P. CLARK
Prominent in banking circles in Salt Lake City, and, in fact, in the entire inter-mountain region, is Harry P. Clark, president of the Merchants' Bank of Salt Lake City. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 9, 1859, his father was Asa A. Clark, a prominent newspaper man of that city, and his mother Elizabeth Borton Clark. Mr. Clark received his earlier education in the public schools of his native city and when yet a young man he Caine West, locating in Kansas, and later settled in San Francisco, where he became connected with the Bank of Wells, Fargo & Company.

Seeing the possibilities afforded a young man in the inter-mountain region, Mr. Clark came to Salt Lake City in June, 1903, as an officer of the Wells, Fargo & Company bank at this place, remaining with them until they retired from the banking business, when he accepted a position of prominence and trust with the Commercial National Bank, now the Continental National Bank, of which institution he was cashier until a short time ago. In his connection of cashier of the Commercial National he made a host of friends as a result of his good judgment and conservative methods.

Under his efficient management the patronage of the bank grew to splendid volume, and his success with the new institution will, it is expected, be just as marked. Possessing to a marked degree all the attributes of a successful business man, it is perhaps not to be wondered at that Mr. Clark should have accomplished as much as he has. Although he has devoted practically all his life to the banking industry, he has also found leisure to interest himself in the local real estate situation. This, too, was a promising field to Mr. Clark, and since coming to Salt Lake he has become treasurer of the Fairmount Springs Realty Company, and also of the Salt Lake Realty Company. He is treasurer of the Green River Valley Land & Water Company, which controls 400,000 acres along the Green River and comprises one of the largest irrigation projects within the State. He is vice president of the Bingham State Bank, in addition to being connected with numerous other business and financial institutions in and around Salt Lake City.

Mr. Clark is also quite prominent in local club life, being a member of the Alta Club, the Commercial Club, and the Press Club. He is a Free Mason, a member of the Wasatch Lodge, and a member of the Utah Chapter, Utah Commanderv, and El Kalah Temple. He maintains a handsome residence at 303 South Seventh East Street, where Mr. and Mrs. Clark frequently entertain.

Mr. Clark was married on May 28, 1884, his family consisting of his wife, a son, Asa Alan Clark, and a daughter, Miss Florence Margaret Clark. Personally, Mr. Clark is a man of genial personality, whole souled and generous to his friends. His success in life up to this time has been gained through a strict adherence to business principles and a rigid observance of the ethics of commercial life. Possessed of a comfortable fortune earned by his own industry, he will probably continue for many years to be an active factor in his chosen walk of life. His success is regarded merely as a logical outcome of well directed effort, and there are those who predict for him an even brighter future.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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