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
|19th Governor of New York|
January 1, 1855 – December 31, 1856
|Lieutenant||Henry Jarvis Raymond|
|Preceded by||Horatio Seymour|
|Succeeded by||John Alsop King|
|Member of the New York State Assembly|
from the 29th district
January 1, 1852 – December 31, 1854
|Preceded by||Charles Colt|
|Succeeded by||William H. Goodwin|
|Born||October 23, 1806|
Naples, New York
|Died||August 23, 1892 (aged 85)|
Canandaigua, New York
|Children||Mary Clark Thompson|
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.
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.
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.
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.