Lot Clark

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Lot Clark
New York State Assembly, Niagara County
In office
1846
District attorney of Chenango County
In office
1828–1829
Member of the House of Representatives from New York's 21st District
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded byElijah Spencer
Succeeded byElias Whitmore
District attorney of Chenango County
In office
1822–1823
Personal details
Born(1788-05-23)May 23, 1788
Hillsdale, New York
DiedDecember 18, 1862(1862-12-18) (aged 74)
Buffalo, New York
Political partyCrawford Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Lavinia Crosby
ChildrenHiram and Lot Jr.
Occupationlawyer

Lot Clark (May 23, 1788 in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York – December 18, 1862 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life[edit]

Clark removed with his parents to Otsego County in 1796. He pursued academic studies and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1816, and practiced in Norwich. He married Lavinia Crosby, and their children were Hiram Carter Clark (1816–1891) and Lot Curran Clark (1819–1880).

He was District Attorney of Chenango County in 1822 and 1823. Clark was elected as a Crawford Democratic-Republican to the 18th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1823, to March 3, 1825. He was appointed postmaster of Norwich on April 29, 1825, and served until April 12, 1828. He was again D.A. of Chenango County from 1828 to 1829.

In 1829, he removed to Lockport, and continued the practice of law there. He was President of the Lockport Bank, and the local agent for the Albany Land Company, a group of investors who had bought large tracts of lands in Niagara and Orleans counties and in the northern parts of Genesee and Erie counties.

In 1835, he removed to Buffalo. He was a member from Niagara County of the New York State Assembly in 1846. Later he was President of the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company, the American company which built the first suspension bridge over the Niagara River together with the Canadian Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company headed by William Hamilton Merritt.

Clark was buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

His son Lot C. Clark was District Attorney of Richmond County, New York from 1841 to 1849.

Sources[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Lot Clark (id: C000447)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 71, 232, 265 and 371; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • Lockport: Historic Jewel of the Erie Canal by Kathleen L. Riley (page 123)
  • Niagara: A History of the Falls by Pierre Berton (page 82)
  • LOT C. CLARK his son's obit in NYT on February 12, 1880
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elijah Spencer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

1823–1825
Succeeded by
Elias Whitmore