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Col. Newcomb Clark (1838-1913)
Native of New York, First president of Wenona village, MI.

History of Bay County, Michigan (1883).


Hon. Newcomb Clark was born in 1840 in Sullivan County, N.Y. When but a year old his parents moved to Michigan, where they settled on a farm in Oxford, Oakland Co. He received his education at the area academies in Oxford and Clarkston. In 1858 he went south, and taught school in Mississipi. He remained in that State until the rebellion broke out, coming North in August, 1861. Shortly after coming back he enlisted in the Fourteenth Michigan Infantry, and at the time he left it held the position of second lieutenant. He was transferred to the One Hundred and second Regiment of United States colored troops, with the rank of Major. He served until the close of the war, and upon retiring from the service ranked as lieutenant colonel. He came to West Bay City (then Wenona) in the fall of 1865. When the village was incorporated the work of preparing the charter was principally done by Mr. Clark. At the first election, in 1866, he was elected President of the village, and afterward held the offices of assessor and recorder. He also held the office of postmaster from 1866 till 1870. In the Fall of 1882 he was elected member of the State Legislature for the Second District of Bay County. After retiring from the postoffice he engaged in the insurance business. From 1875 till 1879 he was special agent for the British American and Manhattan Insurance Companies, and is now a member of the firm of Knaggs, Clark & Plums, real estate dealers and insurance agents. In 1867 he was married to Miss Ellen Chambers of West Bay City. The first brick building in Wenona was put up by Mr. Clark in 1867. It was destroyed by fire in 1872. Mr. Clark has a strong hold upon the confidence of the people of Bay County in general, and West Bay City in particular. He is a gentleman of fine social qualities, and as a citizen of West Bay City has done much to advance its interests. It is such men that have made West Bay City what it is to-day.

1888 political bio. (Added Mar., 2009).

Early History of Michigan with Biographies of States Officers, Members of Congress, Judges and Legislators, 1888


Representative from the second district of Bay county, 1855, was born in the state of New York. He was a member of the legislature in 1883. Resides at West Bay City, and is a Republican. Upon the organization of the house of representatives was chosen to fill the office of speaker. He was elected as a Republican, receiving 1,760 votes to 1,747 for Levi Willard, and 181 for John Todd, Prohibitionist, and 4 scattering. Was the first president of the village of Wenona, now West Bay City. Served as a major and lieutenant colonel of the 102d U. S. C. T., and was for some time in command of the regiment.

Additional Notes:

From History of Bay Co., by August H. Gansser, 1905.

  • When the village of Wenona was incorporated in May, 1866, Mr. Clark, who had moved to there a year early, was elected its first president. The following year an election was held on April 2, for a new village charter, which he drew up, and at this election he became treasurer of the Wenona.
  • served as representative in the 33rd General Assembly of Michigan. He was educated at Oxford Academy, and served with the 14th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, and the 102nd Regiment, U.S. (Colored) Infantry.
Michigan in the War, 1880.
  • Entered service Dec. 15, 1862, as Sergeant Company K, 14th Infantry. Second Leiut., June 16, 1862. Resigned May 20, 1863. Major First Michigan (102nd U. S. Colored Infantry, March 12, 1864. Lieut. Col., June 19, 1865. Mustered out Sept. 30, 1865. Brevet Colonel, Oct. 30, 1865, “for distinguished and meritorious conduct in the field.”
Marriage record, (FamilySearch.org)
  • Married Ellen Chambers, age 23, on 24 Apr 1867, at Wenona, Mich. Service performed by minister D. B. Campbell. Witnesses were George A. Allen and Emma Allen.
Related Pages/Notes

Col. Newcomb Clark

Related Pages:
Allen, Geo. A.
Bay Co. Civil War History.
People Referenced
Allen, Emma
Allen, George A.
Campbell, D.B.
Chambers, Ellen (wife)
Clark, Newcomb (subject)
Todd, John
Willard, Levi
Subjects Referenced
14th MI Infantry, Co. K
102d US Inf., Colored Reg.
Bay City, MI
MI State Legislature
New York
Oxford Academy
Wenona (village), MI
West Bay City, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.