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was chosen president of the Coal Company belonging to the New
York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad Company, which it owned
and operated in Pennsylvania, and he held this position until his
death, which occurred in New York City May' 25, 1883. He was
popular in social and business circles and united to a more than
common business sagacity an abundance of well-directed energy,
qualities which received marked development in the building of
the East Penn. Railroad and the proposed continuation of a sys-
tem of underground railway under Broadway, New York. He
was married on January 24th, 1864, to Ella Maria Dietz, daughter
of William H. Dietz, of New York City. They had one child, a
son, Edward Myers Clymer, born May 6th, 1869, who survived
him, as did also his widow. — Information gained from "Rober-
deau Genealogy," by Roberdeau Buchanan ; also extracts from
"History of Berks County," by Morton Montgomery, and news-
paper clippings published at the time of his death.

Mary Hiester Clymer, only daughter of Maria Catharine Hies-
ter and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer home-
stead in Caernarvon township, Berks county. Pa., July 19th, 1825.
She was married August 10th, i85'2, in Christ Church, Reading,
Pa., by the Rev. Milton Lightner, rector, to her cousin, William
Bingham Clymer, the eldest son of Henry and grandson of
George Clymer, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independ-
ence. (See this family in the Lloyd and Carpenter Genealogy,



by C. P. Smith, Esq.) Mr. Clymer was born at the homesteadj
near Trenton, Bucks county, Pennsylvania ; his mother having been
Mary Willing. He received a liberal education, graduating with
credit at Princeton College ; and studied law, but never practiced.
When quite young he assumed the management of the Bingham
estate. In 1842, was appointed general agent for the northern
counties of Pennsylvania, and in 1845, established the general
office of the estate at Wellsboro. His management of the large
property was highly successful, so that in 1867 he was appointed
a trustee. He ever carefully considered the rights and interests
of all, and enjoyed the confidence of the trustees, while his cour-
tesy, kindness and perfect integrity commanded the respect of the
tenants and others on the estate. Mr. and Mrs. Clymer resided
for a time at Wellsboro, Tioga county, where all their children
were born with the exception of the third, who was born in Phila-
delphia. Their children were all baptized by Rev. Mr. Marple,
rector of Christ Church, Wellsboro. In July, 1869, they sailed
for Europe, taking all their children for the advantages of educa-
tion; and while abroad, on the 28th of May, 1873, Mr. Clymer
died of apoplexy in Florence, Italy. The family then returned to
Philadelphia in the autumn. Mr. Clymer's remains were sent
home and are interred in Charles Evans Cemetery, near Reading,
Pa. In November, 1878, Mrs. Clymer and her children left
America with the intention of settling on the continent, but she
and two of her children, Richard and Maria, were drowned in the
English Channel before they reached their destination ; the vessel
in which they took passage having been lost November 26th, 1878.
(Copied from the "Roberdeau Genealogy," by Roberdeau Bu-
chanan, pages 176 and 177; also newspaper notices published at
the time of accident.)




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To Wh

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June 10, 1853
Dee. 13, 1854
Dec. 9. 1866
April 10, 1858
Feb. 11, 1862
Sept. 19, 1865


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Hiester Clymer, fifth son of Maria Catharine Hiester and Ed-
ward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer homestead in
Caernarvon township, Berks county, Pa., November 3d, 1827. He
received a liberal education, graduating from the College of New
Jersey in 1847, 3"*^ taking up the study of the law, was admitted
to the bar of Berks county April 6th, 1849, ^^er which he prac-
ticed in Reading and Pottsville. He was married April 3d, 1856,
to Elizabeth M. Brooke, daughter of Matthew Brooke, of Birds-
boro, Pa. They resided in Reading where their two children
were born and died, and where Mrs. Clymer died October 9th,

He was a delegate to the Democratic Convention at Charles-
ton in i860, and in the same year was a meinber of the Revenue
Commissioners. Served as State Senator 1860-1866. Became the
Democratic candidate for governor in the latter year, but was de-
feated by Governor Geary. In 1870 he was appointed by the
Governor a member of the Board of Public Charities, then just or-
ganized. In 1873 he was elected a representative to the Forty-
third Congress from Berks county, as a Democrat; and served
on the committee on the Revision of the Laws, on Public Lands
and on the Library. He was re-elected to the Forty-fourth Con-
gress and was placed on the committee on Expenditures of the
War Department, and the Joint Standing Committee on the Li-
brary. Also re-elected to Congress in 1876 and 1878. In 1880


Mr. Clymer was succeeded in Congress from the Berks district
by Hon. Daniel Ermentrout, and from that time until his death
resided in Reading. His discussion with State Senator A. K.
■McClure in February, 1861, in the State Senate, on the repeal of
the tonnage tax on the traffic of the Pennsylvania Railroad Com-
pany, brought him prominently before the public. The crowning
act of his congressional life was his presentation to Congress of
the special committee report touching the rascalities of William W.
Belknap, President Grant's Secretary of War, which created a
great sensation throughout the land. His career in the Senate of
Pennsylvania was distinguished for dignity and courtesy of de-
meanor, readiness, force and eloquence in debate, and steadfast
devotion to the best interests of the Commonwealth. He was in-
terested in the iron business and at the time of his death was presi-
dent of the Clymer Iron Company. He was married April 26th,
..^-^882, to Mrs. J. B. Clemens {nee Von Schrader), of St.
Louis, Mo.

Mr. Clymer died June 12th, 1884, at which time he was vice-
president of the Union Trust Company of Philadelphia ; president
of the Clymer Iron Company, which operated the Mt. Laurel and
Oley furnaces; a director of the Reading Fire Insurance and
Trust Company, from the time of its organization, and a trustee
of the Charles Evans Cemetery.

( Material for this sketch was taken from the Roberdeau Gene-
alogy, by Roberdeau Buchanan ; Montgomery's "History of Berks
County," page 512, and newspaper articles published at the time
of his death.)



Member of Family



To Whom Married


Mar. 18, 1850

Jen. 12, 1865
Jan. 24, 1861


George Edward Clymer, youngest child of Maria Catharine
Hiester and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer
homestead in Caernarvon township, Berks county, Pa., January
8th, 1830. He was sent to the Reading Academy and from there
to Princeton College, from which institution he graduated in
1849. He then became associated with his brothers William, Ed-
ward and Hiester in the iron business in Eastern Pennsylvania,
owning the Mt. Laurel and Oley furnaces and other property con-
nected with the iron business. In 1858 he went to Mexico and
joined a party who surveyed the route for a railroad from Vera
Cruz to the city of Mexico. In the summer of 1861 Mr. Clymer
raised a company of cavalry which became attached to the 6th
Pennsylvania Regiment, Colonel R. H. Rush, of which Mr. Cly-
mer was made major in March, 1862. During 1865-1868 he was
occupied in mining in Nevada and Chihuahua, Mexico. In 187Q
Mr. Cylmer severed his connection with his brothers in the iron
business and removed to Cincinnati, where he became interested
in the Swift Iron and Steel Works of Newport, Kentucky, of
which his father-in-law was president. Mr. Clymer was elected
vice-president in 1874, and removed with his family to Newport.
In 1884 he returned to Reading and again became interested in
the iron business, and after the death of his brother Hiester,
bought the Mt. Laurel furnace property, and operated the furnace
until two years before his death when he retired from active busi-
ness and settled in Reading. Major Clymer was married June
29th, 1868, to Alice Cary Swift, daughter of Alexander Swift, of
Cincinnati. She died in Jacksonville, Florida, February 14th,
1873, leaving two children. Mr. Clymer died in Reading July
7th, 1895. He was the Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 62, dur-

ing the years 1855 and 1856, and was also a member of the Sons
of the RevoUition and of the Loyal Legion.

Information in this sketch was taken from the "Roberdeau Gen-
ealogy," by Roberdeau Buchanan, and newspaper articles pub-
lished at the time of his death.



Member of Family



To Whom M.arrled


Jane 16, 1871
July 25, 1872

George Alexander .

May 1. 1873



Member of Family



To Whom Married


Sept. 2, 1849
Mar. 29, 1851
Apr. 10, 1854

Apr. 20, 1851

Mary Aug. Cath. . .

May 13, 1885

George A. Reid









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