|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1909|
LUCIUS CLAPP is the eighth in direct descent from Thomas, the emigrant, and was born in North Bridgewater (now Brockton ), Mass. He was educated at common and private schools; was reared a farmer; took pride in agriculture, and has always followed that avocation, and is to-day one of the representative farmers of this progressive age. He has always resided on his father's homestead ; has been successful in business, and has used the funds Providence has given into his care wisely, and done much to make him remembered as a liberal and kind-hearted man. He married Emily, daughter of Lewis Waters, July 14,1847 . Formerly a Whig, Mr. Clapp has been identified with the most progressive political creeds. He was one of the original Free-Soilers, and chairman of the first Free-Soil meeting held in Stoughton . Since its organization be has supported the Republican party. He has been member of school committees several years, and selectman of Stoughton seven years, and now (1883) holds that position. He has always been pronounced in advocacy of temperance, and has been connected with every movement for the betterment and advancement of his native town. He is an attendant and supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
We might write much of the esteem in which he is held by the better element of the community in which he has passed his entire life, but we forbear, fearing that we might wound a modest, retiring nature, when we only sought to do justice. We must, however, give the remark made by a prominent citizen concerning him, "He is a selectman in the fullest and highest sense of the term, an able man, and honest and faithful as able."
Website editors note: Lucius Clapp died in Randolph, Mass. in 1909. His old homestead on West Street burned to the ground in 1897, and all that remained was the charred granite walls placed there in the 19th century by Myron Gilbert. The house was rebuilt soon after, utilizing the original granite walls. Lucius is buried with his family at the Dry Pond Cemetery. Lucius was one of the most generous benefactors in the Stoughton's history. The home of the Stoughton Historical Society is located at the Lucius Clapp Memorial Library in Stoughton center at Park and Pleasant Streets. Two former Clapp schools located on Walnut Street bore his name. The last of which built in 1896, and was torn down in 1984.
Source: D. Hamilton Hurd, History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men. (Philadelphia, Pa., J. W. Lewis & Co., 1884), pgs. 424-425.
Dry Pond Cemetery
Plot: Old Section - Lot # 26, set off Nov. 16, 1850
Created by: David Allen Lambert
Record added: Aug 18, 2010
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