Clarke, Orlando

Clarke, Orlando, a Presbyterian, and afterwards Congregational, minister, was born Nov. 6, 1824, at Geneva, Ind., and was licensed by the Presbytery of Indianapolis. He took a partial course of study at Hanover College; graduated at Bloomington in 1848; from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1851, and afterwards spent a year at Yale as a resident licentiate. From 1854 to 1856 he was stated supply at Edinburg; in 1857 at Greenville, and in 1858 at Troy. About 1859 he became connected with the Congregational denomination, in which he ever after remained, at first preaching to several churches at Bentonsport, Des Moines, and elsewhere in Iowa, for short periods of time. In 1862 or 1863 he took charge of the Iowa College for the Blind and was instrumental in its removal to, Vinton, having: charge of the erection of its original buildings. In 1864 he returned to the regular work of the ministry was ordained as an evangelist Jan. 5,.1865, at .St Louis, Mo., and was stated supply at St. Anthony, Minn., in 1866 and 1867. In the latter. year he removed to Lansing, Ia., where he resided, although preaching. at various places, until June,. 1875, when, he returned to Vinton, and again took charge of the Iowa College for the Blind, as its superintendent. In this position he remained to the end of his life, April 2, 1876, giving full satisfaction to the trustees; the :community, and.' thee state-authorities. largely promoting the prosperity of the institution, and greatly endeared- to all the pupils and assistants. See Necrol. Report of Princeton Theol. Sem. 1877,p. 41; Cong. Quarterly, xix, 413

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