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Myron Holley Clark

In office
January 1, 1855 – December 31, 1856
Lieutenant Henry Jarvis Raymond
Preceded by Horatio Seymour
Succeeded by John Alsop King

Born October 3, 1806(1806-10-03)
Naples, New York
Died August 23, 1892 (aged 85)
Canandaigua, New York
Political party Whig

Myron Holley Clark (October 3, 1806 – August 23, 1892) was an American politician from the U.S. state of New York.


Clark was born in Naples, Ontario County, New York on October 3, 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 served as a member of the New York State Senate from 1852 to 1854 and was elected the 19th Governor of New York in 1854 the closest gubernatorial election in New York State history. He served as governor 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 force prohibition in the state and signed a prohibition law while governor, but the law was declared unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals after a short time. His steadfast advocating of temperance led to his nomination on the Prohibition ticket to run again for Governor in 1874.

He was also involved in railroad consolidation, but kept the fares low.

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

Mary Clark Thompson was his daughter. Comptroller Clark Williams was his grandson.


  • National Governors Association website - [1]
Political offices
Preceded by
Horatio Seymour
Governor of New York
Succeeded by
John A. King


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