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Clark, Henry A.

Born: 1823-07-30 Massachusetts

Died: 1863-04-23 Chicago, Illinois

Flourished: Chicago, Illinois

Born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Henry A. Clark was an attorney and author. After graduating from Williams College in 1844, he began studying law in Williamstown, Massachusetts. After earning admission to the bar, he relocated to Chicago and began practicing law. He served as city attorney for Chicago for two years. In 1850, he married Mary Esther Stewart, with whom he had one child. In 1855, his novel, The Banditti of the Prairies, was published under his pen name, Edward Bonney. In 1860, he was still living in Chicago, with his wife, Mary, and their seven-year-old son, in the household of his father-in-law, Hart L. Stewart. By this time, Clark owned real and personal property valued at $30,000.

William T. Davis, Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Boston: Boston History, 1895), 2:303; A. T. Andreas, History of Chicago (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1884), 1:503; Edward Bonney, The Banditti of the Prairies (Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson and Brothers, 1855); Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois (Chicago: Calumet Book and Engraving, 1896), 10; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Ward 4, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 210.