Freeman Clarke

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Freeman Clarke

Freeman Clarke (March 22, 1809 – June 24, 1887) was a U.S. Representative from New York during the American Civil War.

Born in Troy, New York, Clarke went into business for himself at the age of fifteen. He began his financial career as cashier of the Bank of Orleans, Albion, New York. He moved to Rochester, New York, in 1845.

He became director and president of banks, railroads, and telegraph and trust companies of Rochester and New York City, and later served as delegate to the Whig National Convention at Baltimore in 1852 and as vice president of the first Republican State convention of New York in 1854.

He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867.

Clarke was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865). He was Comptroller of the Currency from March 9, 1865, to February 6, 1867.

Clarke was again elected to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875).

He died in Rochester, New York, on June 24, 1887 and was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh McCulloch
Comptroller of the Currency
1865–1866
Succeeded by
Hiland R. Hulburd
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert B. Van Valkenburgh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

1863-1865
Succeeded by
Roswell Hart
Preceded by
Charles H. Holmes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

1871-1873
Succeeded by
Horace B. Smith
Preceded by
Seth Wakeman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th congressional district

1873–1875
Succeeded by
Charles C. B. Walker

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.