Born: February 22, 1827, Unadilla Forks, New York.
Died: June 22, 1892.
Buried: Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.
George was the son of Dr. Henry Clarke and Lucy Clarke, and husband of Sarah Dunn (married 1873).
He moved to Chicago, Illinois, with his family in 1838, and to Walworth, Wisconsin, in 1840.
In 1848, George enrolled at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. He left Beloit in his junior year to become principal of the Monroe Seminary in Wisconsin, a post he held 18 months.
Afterward, he taught at the Milton Academy in Milton, Wisconsin. He was later elected superintendent of the public schools in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and for a year and a half edited the Sauk County Standard, a
Free Soil newspaper.
Clarke studied law, and, returning to Chicago in 1853, was admitted to the bar and began to practice. The next year, he moved into the real estate business, continuing until 1860, when he went to Colorado to spend two years mining.
In 1862, Clarke returned to Chicago, where he organized Company A, 113th Illinois Volunteers, of which he was made captain. He was later promoted to major, then lieutenant colonel. He fought in the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and a number of other battles in the Fifteenth Army Corps under General William T. Sherman. He also commanded Camp Butler, near Springfield, Illinois, for eight months.
After the war, Clarke returned to Chicago and resumed work in the real estate business. He managed the Blue Island Land and Building Company’s real estate matters, and in 1869, laid out the Chicago suburb of Morgan Park.
After their marriage, he and Sarah became co-workers with evangelist Dwight Moody. In 1877, the Clarkes opened the Pacific Garden Mission on South Clark Street in Chicago, in a section of town known as the
Levee. The mission was quite successful, and still operates in the 21st Century.
If you know Clarke’s place of death, would you ?