Lucius Palmer Clark
(January 27, 1822 - )
LUCIUS PALMER CLARK - The subject of this sketch, for the past thirty years a resident of the
village of Morrisville, was born in Clarkville, town of Brookfield, Madison county,, N. Y., Jan. 27,
1822. He is a son of JOSEPH and ESTHER (LAMPHERE) CLARK. His father settled where the
village of Clarkville is now situated, at the beginning of this century. He was a prominent man in his
time and held several offices of trust and responsibility. He was one of the first Judges of the Court
of Common Pleas of Madison county, and was State Senator. He was extensively engaged in
business there and the name of Clarkville was given to the place in his honor.
LUCIUS, at the age of ten years, was put to work in his father's foundry and there he learned the
molders' trade, working at that business until he was eighteen, attending the district school winters.
It was about this time that his father was elected to the State Senate, and the duties of the office
requiring the most of his time he disposed of his foundry business, and LUCIUS was soon thereafter
placed in the Pearl Street Academy in Albany, where he remained three terms. Among his fellow
students were MORGAN DIX, now rector of Trinity parish, New York, CHARLES TEMPLE DIX and
FREDERIC W. SEWARD, son of the late Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
At the close of his term at the academy in Albany, Mr. CLARK returned to his home and in 1842,
May 4th, he was married to FIDELIA, daughter of JAMES and CYNTHIA DENNISON, of Clarkville.
She was born March 12, 1821. Her parents were very early settlers there from Stonington, Conn.
While at home from school during vacations Mr. CLARK had worked at carriage making and learned
that trade, and after his marriage he engaged in that business at Clarkville and followed it for about
eight years, when he was appointed Deputy County Clerk. He then removed to Morrisville and entered
upon the duties of that office in the winter of 1850. He held that position for three years. He was then
elected County Clerk and held that position for three years.
During his six years' occupancy of the Clerk's office Mr. Clark devoted his leisure to the study of law,
and was admitted to the practice in the Supreme Court of the State September 14, 1855, and to
practice in the Circuit Court of the United States the 30th of October, 1867. In 1856 Mr. CLARK was
the nominee of the Democratic party for Congress, his competitor being the Hon. HENRY C.
GOODWIN. In this contest he ran eight hundred ahead of his ticket, but he was defeated and the result
was the same throughout the State of New York, the newly formed Republican party carrying everything
From this time forward Mr. CLARK continued the practice of his profession until the 1st of January, 1874,
when he again entered upon the duties of County Clerk, having been elected to that office the fall
preceding. A fact in connection with the history of this election will be perfectly proper to state briefly here:
He was elected over his Republican competition by a majority of 492, while the balance of the Republican
ticket was carried by a majority of from 1,200 to 1,400.
He has been the Democratic nominee for Member of Assembly several times, and in the fall of 1879 he
was the candidate for his party for State Senator, in the Senatorial district composed of Madison, Otsego
and Herkimer counties, his opponent being the Hon. ALBERT M. WELLS, but he was defeated as was
expected, for his party is hopelessly in the minority in this District.
During the war of the Rebellion Mr. CLARK was a staunch and active friend of the Government. Upon
the receipt of the news of the firing upon Fort Sumpter he determined that his position should not be
equivocal. He took his stand firmly on the side of his country, as did every true and loyal man, and was
earnest and untiring in his efforts to aid the good cause by encouraging enlistments and by raising money to
pay bounties. He was known as one of the most faithful of War Democrats. His patriotism knew no fear or
faltering; keeping up his patience and hopes, speaking words of good cheer all the more when the hour was
Mr. CLARK has been a zealous member of the Congregational church for many years during his residence
in Morrisville, and has led the choir thirty years. He is foremost in all enterprises of a character to benefit the
community in which he lives, and while he may review a measurably long and busy life, as of one not driven
by business, but rather as of a man who sees life as a beneficent gift for worthy bestowal, he may feel that by
honorable profession and fair dealing he has discharged his obligations to society.
Mr. and Mrs. CLARK have one son, EDWARD PAYSON, born Sept. 21,1863.
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 631.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed
Date: Thursday, August 12, 1999 08:40 AM
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