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army officer , scientist , college president

William Smith Clark, American army officer, scientist, college president. member-at-large Massachusetts State Board Agriculture, 1859-1861; member Massachusetts General Court, 1864, 65, 67.

Background

Clark, William Smith was born on July 31, 1826 in Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Doctor Atherton and Harriet (Smith) Clark.

Education

Graduate Amherst College, 1848. Doctor of Philosophy., Gottingen U., 1852.

Career

Teacher natural science Williston Seminary, 1848-1850. Professor of chemistry Amherst (Massachusetts) College, 1852, professor zoology, 1853, professor botany, 1854. Member-at-large Massachusetts State Board Agriculture, 1859-1861.

Commissioned major 21st Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861, lieutenant colonel, 1862, colonel, 1862. Returned to Amherst; presidential elector, secretary Electoral College, 1864. Member Massachusetts General Court, 1864, 65, 67.

President, also professor botany and horticulture Massachusetts Agricultural College, 1867-1879. Organizer, president Imperial College of Agriculture in Japan, 1867-1877. Author: The Phenomena of Plant Life, 1875.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Phenomena of Plant Life, 1875.

Membership

Member-at-large Massachusetts State Board Agriculture, 1859-1861. Member Massachusetts General Court, 1864, 65, 67.

Connections

Married Harrietta Richards, May 25, 1853, 11 children.

father:
Doctor Atherton Clark

mother:
Harriet (Smith) Clark

spouse:
Harrietta Richards