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CLARK, William Hyde

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CLARK, William Hyde. (Cooperstown, NY, Feb. 19, 1836--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 10, 1872). In 1856 Clark, a recent arrival to Dubuque, became a teller in the bank of Mordecai MOBLEY. When the bank closed, he became the secretary of the DUBUQUE HARBOR IMPROVEMENT COMPANY. He was serving as a teller in the State Bank of Iowa when a business opportunity developed. (1) William Hyde Clark and Peleg TALLMAN leased the SHOT TOWER in Dubuque for three months beginning in the spring of 1859 with the intent of manufacturing SHOT. (2)

It was probably the start of the CIVIL WAR that brought about the quick end of their company. Clark enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant in the 1st Iowa Volunteer Infantry and then rose in the ranks to become a Major and Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of Major General Francis J. HERRON. He became the Assistant Mustering Officer for the Western Division of Pennsylvania and was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "faithful and meritorious services during the war." (3)

Upon his return to Dubuque and until his death, Clark served as cashier of the FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF DUBUQUE. (4)

On May 20, 1882 the Hyde Clark Post was founded by thirty-eight charter members who had fought in the Civil War. (5)



1. Oldt, Franklin. The History of Dubuque County, Iowa, Chicago: Western History Company, 1880, p. 777

2. National Register of Historic Places," Online: http://weblink.cityofdubuque.org/WebLink8/1/doc/16333/Page83.aspx, p. 52

3. Dodge, Russ. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7468437

4. Oldt.

5. "Only Thirteen Civil War Veterans Here; All Over 83 Years Old," Telegraph Herald, August 31, 1930, p. 3