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Myron H. Clark

Myron Holley Clark
19th Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1855 – December 31, 1856
Lieutenant Henry Jarvis Raymond
Preceded by Horatio Seymour
Succeeded by John Alsop King
Personal details
Born (1806-10-23)October 23, 1806
Naples, New York
Died August 23, 1892(1892-08-23) (aged 85)
Canandaigua, New York
Political party Whig

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

Biography

Gubernatorial portrait of New York Governor Myron H. Clark.

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 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.

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

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