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Myron Holley Clark

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Naples, Ontario County, New York, United States
Death: August 23, 1892 (85)
Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Clark and Mary Clark
Husband of Zilpha Clark
Father of Zilpha Clark Backus; Mary Clark Thompson; Abigail Stanley Williams; Charlotte Elizabeth Clark and Lorenzo Clark

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About Myron H. Clark

Myron Holley Clark (October 23, 1806 – August 23, 1892) was an American politician from the U.S. state of New York.


Clark was born in Naples, Ontario County, New York on October 23, 1806. He served in the state's militia as a lieutenant colonel and then entered politics, first serving as President of the then-village of Canandaigua, New York, and eventually becoming sheriff of Ontario County. He served as a member of the New York State Senate from 1852 to 1854 and was elected the 19th Governor of New York in 1854 the closest gubernatorial election in New York State history. He served as governor from 1855 to 1856.

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.

Clark made several attempts to force prohibition in the state and signed a prohibition law while governor, but the law was declared unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals after a short time. His steadfast advocating of temperance led to his nomination on the Prohibition ticket to run again for Governor in 1874.

He was also involved in railroad consolidation, but kept the fares low.

Clark died in Canandaigua, New York on August 23, 1892. He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mary Clark Thompson was his daughter; as a memorial to Clark, in 1915 she presented a scenic and geologically significant tract of land to New York State that is now part of Clark Reservation State Park. Comptroller Clark Williams was his grandson.

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Myron H. Clark's Timeline

October 23, 1806
Naples, Ontario County, New York, United States
August 3, 1834
Age 27
December 27, 1835
Age 29
Naples, Ontario, New York, United States
August 23, 1892
Age 85
Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, United States
Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, United States