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Rev. Rufus Clarke

Clarke, Rev. Rufus, was born Nov. 23, 1819, in Conneaut, O. His father, Peck Clarke, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and his grandfather in the war of Independence. He was converted in 1830, attended Geauga Seminary, and was ordained in 1843. For sixteen years he was pastor of the church in his native town, and he has since ministered to the Lenox, Cherry Valley, Burgh Hill, New Lyme, Greenburg and Colebrok, O.; Sheffield and Wellsburg, Pa.; Warren, Ill., and Fond du Lac and Winneconne, Wis., churches. He was actively identified with the anti-slavery movement, and aided in raising funds and recruits in the late war. He is a life member of the Home and Foreign Mission Societies. He wrote sketches of the early history of Conneaut and other towns in northern Ohio. He has, in connection with his pastoral work, delivered many lectures on various topics, and has been a liberal contributor to the religious and secular press. March 22, 1840. he was married to Celia Sanborn. The youngest of their six children was the late Rev. Dudley E. Clark of Arlington, RI. The others still live, occupying positions of influence.

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