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FISK, Clinton Bowen, lawyer, born in York, Livingston County, New York, 8 December 1828. His parents removed to Michigan in his infancy. After a successful career as merchant, miller, and banker in Michigan, he removed to St. Louis in 1859. Early in the war he became colonel of the 33d Missouri regiment in the National army, was promoted to be brigadier general in 1862, and brevetted major general of volunteers in 1865. After the war he was assistant commissioner under General O. O. Howard in the management of the Freedman's bureau in Kentucky and Tennessee. He afterward removed to New Jersey. General Fisk actively aided in establishing Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1865, and it was named for him. He has been identified with its financial and educational interests, and is president of its board of trustees. He is also a trustee of Dickinson College, of Drew theological seminary, and also of Albion College, Michigan He is trustee of the American missionary association, and also a member of the book committee of the M. E. Church. He has rendered conspicuous service to Methodism in his efforts toward a reunion of the northern and southern branches of the Church. He has also been identified with the temperance movement, and was the Prohibition candidate for the governorship of New Jersey in 1886. Since 1874 he has been president of the board of Indian commissioners.
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