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Governor Myron Holley Clark

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Office Dates:  Jan 01, 1855 - Jan 01, 1857

Born:  Oct 23, 1806

Passed:  Aug 23, 1892

Birth State:  New York

Party:  Republican

Family:  Married Zilpha Watkins; five children

MYRON H. CLARK, the twenty-first governor of New York, was born in Naples, New York on October 23, 1806. His education was limited and attained in the common schools of his native state. Before establishing his political career, he served in the New York militia as a lieutenant colonel. Clark first entered politics in 1837, serving as the sheriff of Ontario County, a position he held two years. He also was president of the village of Canandaigua from 1850 to 1851; and served as a member of the New York State Senate from 1852 to 1854. Clark next won election to the governorship on November 7, 1854. During his tenure, construction was initiated on the Albany Bridge; and a prohibition bill was sanctioned, however, eight months later it was overturned. After leaving the governorship, Clark secured an appointment in 1862, to served as the first collector of the internal revenue for the Port of New York. Governor Myron H. Clark passed away on August 23, 1892, and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua, New York.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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