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Lot CLARK

(1788-1862)

CLARK, Lot, a Representative from New York; born in Hillsdale, Columbia County, N.Y., May 23, 1788; moved with his parents to Otsego County in 1796; pursued academic studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar on June 11, 1816, and practiced in Norwich, N.Y.; district attorney of Chenango County in 1822 and 1823; elected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1825); appointed postmaster of Norwich on April 29, 1825, and served until April 12, 1828; again served as district attorney of Chenango County in 1828 and 1829; moved to Lockport, N.Y., in 1829 and continued the practice of law; became president of the Lockport Bank in 1829; member and agent of the so-called Albany Co., owners of all the unsold lands in Niagara and Orleans Counties and in the northern parts of Genesee and Erie Counties; moved to Buffalo, N.Y., in 1835; projector of the first wire-cable bridge over the Niagara chasm; president of the Suspension Bridge Company until his death; member of the State assembly in 1846; died in Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 18, 1862; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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