Myron H. Clark

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

Myron Holley Clark
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19th Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1855 – December 31, 1856
LieutenantHenry Jarvis Raymond
Preceded byHoratio Seymour
Succeeded byJohn Alsop King
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 29th district
In office
January 1, 1852 – December 31, 1854
Preceded byCharles Colt
Succeeded byWilliam H. Goodwin
Personal details
Born(1806-10-23)October 23, 1806
Naples, New York
DiedAugust 23, 1892(1892-08-23) (aged 85)
Canandaigua, New York
Political partyWhig
ChildrenMary Clark Thompson


Early lifeEdit

Myron Holley 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, New York.

Gubernatorial portrait of New York Governor Myron H. Clark.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (29th D.) from 1852 to 1854, sitting in the 75th, 76th and 77th New York State Legislatures. At the New York state election, 1854, he was elected Governor of New York in the closest gubernatorial election in New York State history. He was in office from 1855 to 1856.

As Governor, Clark was noted for his meddling with militia appointments, causing the resignation of the state Adjutant General John Watts de Peyster.[citation needed]

Clark made several attempts to effect prohibition in the state and signed a prohibition law while governor, but the law was declared unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals. His steadfast advocating of temperance led to his nomination on the Prohibition ticket to run again for Governor at the New York state election, 1874. He finished in third place, behind Democrat Samuel J. Tilden and the incumbent Republican Governor John Adams Dix.

Personal lifeEdit

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

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.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Whig nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
New York State Senate
Preceded by
New York State Senate
29th District

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Governor of New York
Succeeded by