John S. Clark San Miguel County, New Mexico

John S. Clark, engaged in the insurance business at Las Vegas, where he arrived in 1883, was born in the county of Haywood, in Tennessee, October 29, 1858, and was educated in the public schools, but they were of a rather poor character on account of the war, which had crippled all educational advancement as well as commercial and industrial progress. He came west to better his conditions, and was married in Tennessee twenty-six years ago, on the 22d of January, 1880, to Miss Nannie C. Watson. They have two children, Herbert W. and Lawrence D.

Mr. Clark arrived in Las Vegas in 1883. He was engaged in the restaurant business for a time, and was afterward for four years associated in the sheep business with Judge Mills and Governor Otero, while for four years he was coal oil inspector of the Territory. He entered the insurance business in December, 1904, and is thus engaged at the present time. He has also been prominent in political circles, serving as a member of the council of the Territory in 1904. He became chairman of the Republican central territorial committee in 1898, and has been a member of the committee continuously since 1894. He belongs to the Commercial Club, to Chapman Lodge No. 2, A. F. & A. M., Royal Lodge No. 3, of Las Vegas, and is past high priest of the chapter. He also belongs to Las Vegas Commandery No. 2, K. T. of which he is past eminent commander, and he is a member of the Mystic Shrine at Albuquerque, while of the lodge of Elks of Las Vegas he is likewise a representative.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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