Member Biography

Henry Alden Clark 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1911-1912       49 Republican
1913-1914       49 Republican
1915-1916       49 Republican



01/07/1850 - 02/15/1944

Henry Alden Clark (R49) Erie County 1911-1916

Early Life: 

Henry Alden Clark, born January 7, 1850, Harborcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania; Erie Central High School, Erie Academy, 1864, State normal school, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, 1865-1866, Willoughby Collegiate Institute, Willoughby, Ohio, 1866-1867; teacher; Harvard University, 1870-1874, Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1877; admitted bar, Fall River, Massachusetts , 1878; associated, Edison Electric Light, New York; moved, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1882; Edison Corporation, 1887; admitted, Pennsylvania bar, 1884; member, common council of Erie, 1888; bought, editor Erie Gazette, 1890-1892; chairman, Republican City and Erie County committees, 1890; city solicitor of Erie, 1896-1899; elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate, 1911-1916; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1917-1919; resumed the practice of his profession; judge, Orphans' Court, Erie County, 1921-1931; married, Sophia “Sophy” Gertrude McCreary, 1878; children, Sophy Annette, Henry McCreary died, February 15, 1944 Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania; interment, Erie Cemetery, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career: 

Admitted, bar, Fall River, Massachusetts, 1878; subsequently associated with the Edison Electric Light interests in New York; moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, 1882; continuing with the Edison Corporation until 1887; admitted, Pennsylvania bar May 1884. Owner, editor, Erie Gazette, 1890-1892.


The Harvard Book: a Series of Historical, Biographical, and Descriptive Sketches; v.1 - Harvard classmate Frederick Onzi Vaille, Henry Alden Clark.

The College Book - by Charles Francis Richardson (Author), Henry Alden Clark (Author)

 Pennsylvania Politics:

Member, common council of Erie, 1888.

Chairman, Republican Erie City and Erie County committees, 1890. 

City Solicitor of Erie, 1896-1899. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 49th district, Erie County, Special Election, vacancy, Albert Everton Sisson, resigned, March 14, 1910, Henry Clark elected, November 8, 1910 seated, 1911-1912, reelected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 49th district, Erie County, 1912-1916; not a candidate for reelection; committee assignments, Appropriations, Congressional Apportionment, Exposition Affairs, Finance, Game and Fisheries, Judiciary General (Chairman), Municipal Affairs. 

Judge, Orphans' Court, Erie County, 1921-1931.

Names of any service after Senate:

Elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, Sixty-fifth Congress 25th district, (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1919); not a candidate for reelection 1918, Sixty-sixth Congress.


Married, Sophia (Sophy) Gertrude McCreary, of Erie, Pennsylvania, daughter of Brevet Brigadier General and Senator David B. McCreary and Annette Gunnison McCreary, on July 18, 1878. Father-in-law, David B. McCreary was his first law partner. 


Cox, Harold "Senate Members "C"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1916). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1116, 1123-1126, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1093.

Henry Alden Clark, Founder of Crimson in 1873, Pays Tercentenary Visit Here | News | The Harvard Crimson (

Henry Alden Clark (1850-1944) - Find a Grave Memorial 




Congressional Biography

After 3 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Henry Alden Clark  went on to serve in congress