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Rev. William Hendee Clark (1837-1910)
Born in Hudson, Ohio, pastorate in Bay City and Detroit.

1905 History. Added April 2008.

New York Observer, Vol. 88, Jan. 27, 1910.


The Rev. William H. Clark, D. D., died at his home in Detroit, on January 10, after several months' illness from Bright's disease. He was a son of the manse, his father being the Rev. William Cushman Clark, of Hudson, O. He was born at Hudson, O., in 1837. He was educated at Western Reserve University, where he graduated in 1859, and at Union Theological Seminary, graduating in 1863, in which year he was licensed by the Presbytery of Columbia, and settled in his first pastorate at Spencertown, N. Y. From 1865 to 1891 he was pastor of Dutch Reformed churches in New York City, and Philadelphia. In 1901 he was called to pastorate of the First Church of Bay City, Mich. If Dr. Clark needed any monument in masonry to perpetuate his memory that magnificent structure at Bay City, costing over $100,000 might serve that purpose, for it was erected during his pastorate. But Dr. Clark's record is in the hearts of men. In 1896 he was called to the pastorate of the Immanuel Church of Detroit, where he remained for seven years. In 1903 having been bereaved by the death of his wife, who was a woman of remarkable consecrated ability, he decided to retire from the active ministry, except as opportunity might offer for supplying for his brethren. But the Crosse Pointe Evangelical Church persuaded him to change his mind and become the resident pastor. Here he remained until a few months ago when failing health compelled him to return to Detroit and rest. He suffered greatly during the closing months of his life; but his faith and courage remained bright to the last. Dr. Clark's preaching always had in it the warm evangelical and evangelistic note. In such work his fine voice and accurate musical knowledge served him well. He was a good Presbyter, always active in Presbytery and Synod. He was a man of fine presence and of genial temperament, making a host of life-long friends. Five children survive him, widely scattered, one daughter being the wife of the Rev. Clinton T. Wood, of Wellington, South Africa, and another in Godfrey, Wash. Three sisters are residents of Detroit.

Additional Notes.

    1898 - Ministerial Directory, by Edgar S. Robinson.

  • Shows William Henlee Clark, residing at 238 Hubbard Ave., Detroit, Mich. - Brief bio lists him as pastor 1st Pbn. Ch., Bay City, Mich., '91-96, then pastor of P. Immanuel Ch., Detroit, '96--.

    1898 - Record, 1893-98, of the Class of '93, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Edward Salisbury Clark, A.B. '93. Residence, 414 Monroe Street, Bay City, Michigan. Business address, 10 Bank Block, Bay City, Michigan. Born, 15 August, 1871, New York City. Son of William Hendee Clark and Lucy W. Hoisington. Entered 1889. Graduated 1893. 1893-4, Course in Law, Bay City, Michigan. 1895 to date, Attorney-at-law. 3 October, 1895, married Lucy Tyson Ballou, at Bay City, Michigan. One daughter, Lucy Ballou Clark. Member of Bay City Club, Bay City Whist Club.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
First Presbyterian Church
People Referenced
Ballou, Lucy T. (dau-inlaw)
Clark, EdwardS. (son)
Clark, Lucy B. (g-dau)
Clark, Wm. H. (subject)
Hoisington, Lucy W. (wife)
Wood, Clinton T. Rev.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Detroit, MI
Dutch Reform Church
Evangelical Church
Godfry, WA
Gross Point, MI
Hudson, OH
Immanuel Church
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Presbyterian Church
Presbytery of Columbus
Spencertown, NY
Union Theological Sem.
Wellington, S. Africa
Western Reserve U.
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