Biography of Capt. Herbert A. Clark
Bristol County, MA Biographies

CAPT. HERBERT ALLEN CLARK, of Attleborough, who holds the position of regimental quartermaster in the United States volenteer army, is the only surviving son of Samuel W. and Charity H. (Cushman) Clark, and was born in Middleboro, Mass., Feb. 22, 1859. He is descended from the earliest Puritan stock, his maternal ancestor being Robert Cushman, the financial agent of the Plymouth Colony, who joined the Pilgrims in New England in 1621. His paternal ancestor, John Clark, came to Plymouth about 1623, and besides these Captain Clark is related by ancestral ties to several of the prominent families of the Massachusetts settlements, including that of Gov. William Bradford. His grandfathers, Abisha T. Clark and Elias Cushman, were both respected farmers of Middleborough, where his father, Samuel W., followed the occupation of carpenter and builder until his death in 1883, at the age of sixty two. His mother, Charity H. Cushman Clark, still survives.

Captain Clark was educated in the Middleboro public and high schools, graduating from the latter in 1876. On the 31st of January, 1877, he went to Attleborough, Bristol county, and entered the jewelry mannfactory of Horton, Angell & Co., with which firm he has ever since been connected. This widely known firm was established in 1870 by Edwin J. and Gideon M. Horton and Benjamin J. Angell, under the present style of Horton, Angell & Co., and from the first has been successfully engaged in the manufacture of men's and women's gold plated goods, such as cuff and collar buttons, sets, etc., from the first quality rolled gold plate. It has gained a national reputation for the high standard and artistic workmanship of its product. As an apprentice during a period of a little more than three and one half years Captain Clark thoroughly mastered every detail and acquired a practical knowledge of the business, and in the autumn of 1880 was made superintendent. He filled this position for several years, becoming a partner in the firm on the 1st of January, 1886. Edwin J. Horton had died and had been succeeded by Major Everett S. Horton, his brother, whose sketch appears in this volume; Mr. Angell and Gideon M. Horton died in 1886, but the firm name has remained unchanged, the present partners being Major E. S. Horton, Capt. Herbert A. Clark, and Thomas
S. Carpenter.

In politics Captain Clark is a staunch Republican, yet he has never sought nor ac‰epted public office. He has, however, been somewhat active in local political affairs and is now (1898) a member of the Republican town committee of Attleborough. He is one of the most public spirited of citizens, taking a deep interest in all matters affecting the community at large, and liberally supporting every movement which promises reasonable benefit and general good. As a business man he has displayed ability and sagacity of a high order, and is a director of the Attleborough Savings and Loan Association and of the Attleborough Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

Captain Clark has been prominently and actively connected with muitary affairs during the past eleven years. He became a member and sergeant of Co. I, 5th Regt. M. V. M., at its organization in 1887, and was elected second lieutenant in 1889, first lieutenant in 1892, and captain in 1895. In 1897 he was appointed inspector of rifle practice on the staff of Col. J. H. Whitney. The war between Spain and the United States brought him into the volunteer army as quartermaster of his regiment, which was mustered in as the 5th Mass. Vol. Inf., being appointed quartermaster and mustered into service June 23, 1898. Captain Clark is a thorough soldier, an excellent disciplinarian, and popular with his officers and men. He is a thirty second degree Mason, holding membership in Ezekiel Bates Lodge, King Hiram Chapter, and Attleborough Council, of Attleborough; in Bristol Commandery, K. T., of North Attleborough; in Aleppo Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Boston; and in the Scottish Rite bodies to and including the thirty second degree, which were conferred upon him at Providence, R. I., in 1896. He is also a member of Orient Lodge and Gideon M. Horton Encampment, I. O. O. F., and of Pennington Lodge, A. O. U. W., all of Attleborough. He is unmarried.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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