John Marshall Clark Papers,
1867-1910, and undated
John Marshall Clark was born in 1837 in White Pigeon, St. Joseph County, Michigan. He was the son of Mary E. (died 1867?) and Robert Clark, Jr. (died 1837), a Deputy U.S. land surveyor. His parents’ papers are also housed at the Clarke Historical Library (see Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers). John grew up in White Pigeon. He moved with his mother and brother to a dairy farm on Clark Street in Cook County, Illinois, outside of Chicago, in 1849. The dairy farm made them rich.
John became an engineer, surveyor, and leading merchant. In 1889, he was appointed to the position of Collector of Customs for the Port of Chicago, a position he held from 1890-1892. He was also active in Republican Party politics in the 1890s. (This information is from the old finding aid notes and the History of St. Joseph County, Michigan.)