Horace F. Clark

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Horace F. Clarke.

Horace Francis Clark (November 29, 1815 – June 19, 1873) was a railroad executive and U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Southbury, Connecticut, Clark graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1833. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York City in 1837. In 1848 he married Maria Louisia Vanderbilt, the daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. As a result of this family connection, Clark became involved in several of Vanderbilt's business ventures, including shipping, banking, and railroads

The mausoleum of Horace Clark

Clark was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress and reelected as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1861).

He became director of the New York and Harlem Railroad, and subsequently was president of Union Pacific Railroad, Michigan Southern Railroad, and many other railroads. He was active manager of the Western Union Telegraph and president of the Union Trust.

He died in New York City on June 19, 1873, and was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.


Business positions
Preceded by
Thomas Alexander Scott
President of Union Pacific Railroad
Succeeded by
John Duff
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abram Wakeman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Isaac C. Delaplaine

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.