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Washington County New York Biographies - Surnames C

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Washington County New York Biographies - Surnames C, extracted from the Washington county, New York; its history to the close of the nineteenth century by Stone, William Leete, 1835-1908.

CLARK, Orville Biography

Orville Clark, who with Judge Weston, formed the co-partnership of Weston & Clark, was a man noted in his profession as well as in the biisiness world. He was a State Senator from 1844 to 1848. and was Major General in the Militia, and father of the late Asabel Clark. He died about the year 1863.

CRARY, Hon. Charles, Biography

Hon. Charles Crary, son of Leonard P. Crary, was born at Williamsville, Erie County, N. Y., May 2, 1823, and began his career as a clerk in a store in Buffalo, N. Y. He was seriously injured by an accident July 4, 1837, and after recovering entered the printing office of Abraham Dinsmore, learning the trade, and remaining in this office until 1842, when he went to Milwaukee and entered the office of his brother, Leonard P. Crary. In February, 1844, he began teaching and attending the Academy at Aurora, N. Y In 1845 he began the study of law in the office of Hon. John Crary, at Salem, N. Y., and was admitted to the bar in 1847. On December 6, 1849, he began the practice of his profession at Salem and in 1859 removed to New York city. He was Justice of the Peace for four years' at Salem, and was also Postmaster under President Pierce. In New York he was elected to the Assembly from the twenty-first district. He was a member of the Board of Education in New York and revised the table of teachers' salaries, his table being yet in use. He was also President of the East Side Association for the promotion of municipal reform. In 1858 he published " Laws and Practice in Special Proceedings," commonly known as "Crary 's Practice," and he also issued a work on Limited Partnerships. Both of these works are standards. Charles Crary married Mary E., only child of Henry Matthews, of Salem. He died November 30, 1889.

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