Benjamin Clark letters

Benjamin Clark letters

Collection Number: 
44
Collection Length: 
0.40ft
Period: 
1807 to 1846
Finding Aid: 

Benjamin Clark settled in Malone, NY in 1815. He had three sons and one daughter; his son's names were Samuel S., Benjamin W. and Charles. Clark was the first judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1825-1828. In 1819 he was appointed to a building committee to raise funds to build a fireproof clerks office. He also served as Superintendent of the Poor in 1830. From approximately 1826-1851 he and Jacob Wead were one of the principal merchants in Malone owning Clark & Wead, which after Wead's retirement became Benjamin Clark & Sons. Clark also served as trustee in 1831 for Franklin Academy, and was a mortgagor from 1846-1852 in order to keep the school active. He served as director, president and treasurer of the Franklin County Mutual Insurance Company during the late 1830's . The collection consists of business receipts and bills for sundry items: tobacco, whiskey, wheat, cloth, etc. Other receipts included are for: horsekeeping, purchase of a cow and mare, work done, property, and subscription for Universalist Watchman.