Hon. Leander Clark
Leander Clark was born at Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio,
July 17, 1823. His boyhood days were spent on the
farm with his parents. The training for a busy and
successful life was begun in the public schools and later
supplemented by a period of study at the Academy of
Oberlin College. In 1849, with a party, he started
across the plains and arrived at Sacramento after a
journey of seven months. In 1852 he returned to the
States by way of the Isthmus of Panama and came to Tama
County, Iowa, where he has since resided.
Mr. Clark was elected Justice of the Peace in 1855, and
Judge of Tama County in 1857, which office he held for
four years. In 1861 he was sent to represent Tama
County in the General Assembly. When the call for
volunteers came, he resigned and enlisted as a private in
the 24th Iowa Infantry. He was elected captain of
Company E. In October, 1862, the regiment went into
the field and Captain Clark accompanied it for nearly
three years, participating in almost all
engagements. In September, 1864, he was promoted,
and as major continued with his regiment until January,
1865, when he was made lieutenant colonel. At the
battle of Champion Hill, Mississippi, he was wounded in
the face by a small ball. He also received a slight
wound at the battle of Winchester, Virginia. In
August, 1865, at the close of the war he was mustered out
with his regiment. Major Clark bears the reputation
of a brave soldier and officer.
On his return to civil life he served another term in the
legislature, and in 1866 was appointed Indian Agent for
the Sac and Fox Indians. The remainder of his life
has been devoted to the quiet prosecution of his business
interests and the peaceful enjoyment of his home life,
broken into years ago by the deepest domestic sorrow in
the loss of his wife.
Major Clark's wealth is the result of intelligently
directed industry aided by modest tastes and by the
natural growth of a new and rapidly developing
community. Coming to Iowa in the early days when
land was cheap, he slowly but surely built up a fortune by
taking advantage of the natural increase in values,
gradually extending his holdings until they comprised
large sections of Iowa, the Dakotas, and Missouri.
Later entering the banking business, he was for years the
president of the Toledo Savings Bank, and has been
intimately connected with the commercial growth of this
section of the country. He is an excellent example
of the stalwart and sterling type of citizen to whose
skill and industry the present development of the western
country is due.
Until his last illness, in his eighty-eighth year, Mr.
Clark retained personal direction of his business affairs,
and took a lively interest in the students of the College,
especially in their athletic doings and intercollegiate
debates. He always received the warmest welcome and
the seat of honor whenever he visited the College or
attended its functions. Ripe in years and full of
honors, he passed peacefully away on December 22, 1910.
Source: Western -
Leander-Clark College, 1856-1911, by Henry W. Ward;
Dedication, Biography of Leander Clark, pg 300-302,
Honorary Alumni, Appendix: pg 361 and Alumni of the
College of Liberal Arts, Appendix: pgs 362-366. Otterbein
press, Dayton, Ohio, 1911.
Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall for Tama Co. IAGenWeb,
Note: Western College was founded in 1856-7 in Toledo,
Iowa, and was renamed after Leander Clark in 1906. This is
the college mentioned above.
Also see Leander Clark in Wikipedia.
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