Otis G. Clark

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

OTIS G. CLARK. Otis G. Clark was born in Rutland, Vt., Nov. 26, 1816, and is eldest son of Alanson and Elutheria (Stearns) Clark. His father was a builder by occupation. He lived to the age of fifty-one, and died in his native town in the year 1836. His mother died in the year 1833. After receiving a fair common-school education Mr. Clark, at the age of sixteen, began an apprenticeship with his father as a mason and builder. Upon the death of his father he came to Troy, N. Y., where he engaged as a journeyman for three years, working at his trade. In 1839 he went into business for himself, and was associated as a partner with Jonathan Childs, under the firm-name Childs & Clark.

In 1845 Mr. Childs died, and Mr. Clark continued the business alone until 1862, - the time of the great fire in Troy, - when he formed a partnership with Jesse Van Zile, the firm-name being Clark & Van Zile. This business relation continued only three years, and two years thereafter Mr. Clark gave up the business. His experience in this business extended over thirty years, and many of the finest and most substantial blocks and private residences of Troy are monuments to his enterprise and industry. In 1867 he became one of the organizers and stockholders in a stock company entitled the "Star Knitting Company," located at Cohoes, N. Y., and was chosen as the general agent and business manager of the concern, which position he still retains, and successfully and judiciously carries forward the business intrusted to his supervision.

Since his coming to Troy he has ever been interested in the prosperity of the city and the welfare of its citizens, and has supported every enterprise tending to establish the law, preserve order, and education the rising generation.

He was a director in the Central Bank of Troy for many years, and until the organization of the First National Bank, of which he is one of the organizers and original stockholders. He is also a director of the Troy and Lansingburgh Railroad Company. He is a trustee of the Orphan Asylum, and was for many years connected with the management of the Young Men's Association of Troy during its early history.

During his middle life Mr. Clark took a somewhat active interest in politics. He was formerly identified with the Whig party, and upon the formation of the Republican party jointed its ranks. For two years he was a member of the Common Council for the Third Ward, and served six years as supervisor of the same ward. He was one of the original members of the board of fire commissioners, and served six years.

Mr. Clark has spent his life as an active business man, and in all his business relations his integrity, his desire for justice to all, and his grank and open ways have secured the confidence of those whith whom he has been brought in contact.

In 1840, he married Amelia S., daughter of J. S. Bardwell, of Troy, N. Y. Their children are Dr. Charles G. Clark, a graduate of Union College, a graduate of Bellevue Medical College and a practicing physician of Troy; George H., Walter A., Warren G., and Jay W.

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