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Freeman Clarke

2nd Comptroller of the Currency

Freeman Clarke

Dates Served: March 21, 1865 - July 24, 1866
Home State: New York

Freeman Clarke, a successful businessman and one-term congressman from New York, was appointed Comptroller by President Lincoln. During his 16-month tenure, the national banking system continued its steady growth, with over 1,000 banks joining. The system also recorded its first bank failure on April 14, 1865, the day President Lincoln was assassinated. Clarke returned to New York politics after his resignation and later served two terms in Congress.