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Albe Cady Clark
 Albe Cady Clark, 1826-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


ALBE CADY CLARK, resident of Dorchester, was born in Franklin, N.H., August 31, 1826. His father, Sachwell Webster Clark, was of the fourth generation in descent from John Clark, of Haverhill, Mass., who served in the Continental army in the war of the Revolution. His mother, Ruth Folsom Clark, was of the fifth in descent from John Folsom, who came from Hingham, England, to Hingham, Mass., in 1638. He removed to Exeter, N.H., about 1650. From him and from his brothers have descended all the Folsom branches in the Northern States and nearly all of that name elsewhere in America.

Albe C. Clark received his elementary education in the public schools of Sanbornton, fitted for college at Gilmanton Academy, afterward taking an advanced course at Phillips Exeter Academy, and further pursuing his classical studies under private tuition. Going to New York in 1847, he was an instructor in Greek, Latin, and mathematics at the private classical school then located on Broadway, opposite Astor Place, and was afterward for two years in the office of the Board of Education of the city of New York. During his residence in New York he devoted a portion of his time to the study of law, and in 1850 continued his legal studies in the office of the Hon. John P. Robinson, of Lowell, Mass. He subsequently attended the Harvard Law School, and on October 19, 1852, having passed a rigid examination given by the Hon. Caleb Cushing, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, was admitted to the Middlesex County bar. Eight years later on November 22, 1860, he was admitted to the bar of the Circuit Court of the United States. Beginning the practice of his profession in Lowell, Mass., Mr. Clark remained there until 1857, when he opened an office in Boston, at about the same time taking up his residence in Dorchester.

He met with success from the first, and soon became recognized as one of the prominent attorneys of Massachusetts. In the local affairs of Dorchester he has always been actively interested, having been its counsellor-at-law from 1857 until the annexation of the town to Boston; and both before and after the annexation, he represented his district in the State Legislature. For a number of years he was a member of the Dorchester School Board, and was a director and the treasurer of the Dorchester Gas Light Company, until it was merged in the Bay State Company. In the Masonic order Mr. Clark has taken the thirty-second degree, Scottish Rites. He is a member of Union Lodge, of Dorchester, belongs to the Massachusetts Bar Association, to the Bostonian Society, and to the Harvard Law School Association. He attends the trinitarian Congregational Church in Dorchester.

On October 1, 1855, Mr. Clark married Miss Josephine Elizabeth Varney, daughter of Samuel Jameson and Mary J. (Place) Varney. Mr. and Mrs. Clark are the parents of four children, namely: Arthur Jameson; Louis Monroe; Alice Tyler; and Nancy Merrill, who was born March 2, 1863, and died December 22, 1867. Arthur J. Clark, born August 1, 1856, was educated in the Dorchester schools and the Boston Latin School, and is now a resident of Chicago, Ill. Louis M. Clark, born December 14, 1858, was graduated from Harvard College in the class of 1881 and from the Boston University Law School in 1884, and is now engaged in practice with his father. For three years he was a member of the Boston City Council, and in 1891 and 1892 was a Representative to the State Legislature. He is a member of various fraternal and athletic organizations, among which may be mentioned the University Club, the Country Club, the Boston Yacht Club, the Boston Athletic Club, and the more prominent yacht clubs of Boston and New York. He served as Lieutenant in the Naval Militia, and was chairman of the North American Yacht Racing Union. Alice T. Clark, born August 7, 1861, married on October 31, 1882, Samuel Gelston King, of Boston. Mr. and Mrs. King have four children, namely: Clark, born December 29, 1883; Margaret, born June 23, 1886; Franklin, born May 24, 1890, and Gelston Tyler, born July 20, 1894.

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