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Myron Holley Clark
New York

Gov. Myron Holley Clark

  • January 1, 1855 - January 1, 1857
  • Republican
  • October 23, 1806
  • August 23, 1892
  • New York
  • 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 serve 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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