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 William Squire Clark

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William Squire Clark

  • Birth 3 Oct 1807 Maryland, USA
  • Death 16 Nov 1889 San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
  • Plot Sec K
  • Memorial ID 53111195

San Francisco Pioneer. The greatgrandson Declaration of Independence signer Abraham Clark, William Clark travelled west to California in 1846 and settled in the town of Yerba Buena, later renamed San Francisco. Arriving during the Mexican War, he volunteered for military service and would see action as one of the volunteers under Capt. Ward Marston at the January 2-7, 1847 Battle of Santa Clara, the only battle to take place in Northern California during the war. After the war he became prominent in San Francisco and served as a member of the city's first town council. In 1847 he built the city's first wharf at the northern point of Yerba Buena Cove which became known as Clark's Point. Originally buried in San Francisco's Laurel Hill Cemetery, he was later moved to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma following the eviction of cemeteries within San Francisco city limits.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: G.Photographer
  • Added: 1 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53111195
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Squire Clark (3 Oct 1807–16 Nov 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53111195, citing Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .