Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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CLARENCE EVERETT BACON was born in Middletown, Connecticut, November 11th, 1856, and died there March 27th, 1909.
Mr. Bacon was an example, somewhat unusual in these days, of a successful man who lived and died in his native town. He prepared for college at the Middletown High School, and attended the Wesleyan University in Middletown from 1874 to 1878. From 1878 to 1882 he studied law in the office of Judge Silas A. Robinson, being clerk of the Court of Probate under Judge Robinson during a portion of that time, was admitted to the bar in Middlesex County in 1882, and thereafter continued in active practice until a few months before his death. He married, March 28th, 1883, Catharine Sedgwick Whiting of Hartford, who, with three children, one daughter and two sons, are now living.
His life was a striking example of the exception to the Biblical statement that "A prophet is not without honor save in his own Country."
He succeeded in the practice of law by his close application to that exacting profession. He also had a good business mind, and an aptness for mastering details, as was shown by the fact that at the time of his death he was a director in two banks and an insurance company, all located in Middletown, and was attorney for all three. He was also a director of, and attorney for, the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls, and for several years was its treasurer. Mr. Bacon was attorney for the City of Middletown for a number of years, but of all the positions of trust and confidence which he held, I am informed by a member of his family that he took the greatest pleasure and pride in attending the meetings of State Board of Examiners for admission to the bar.
Besides being so closely identified with the business interests of the city in which he lived, he was a strong churchman, having been a member and vestryman of the Church of the Holy Trinity for a number of years.
Mr. Bacon also kept in close touch with Wesleyan University, of which he was a trustee, but with all his intense interest in his profession, and the exacting calls which the numerous corporations with which he was so closely identified made upon his time, he was distinctively a family man. He cheered the declining years of his aged mother, who still survives him: he was a faithful husband, and a loving father. He was pre-eminently clean and pure in his life and speech, and has left behind him a name of which his wife and children may well be proud, and his clean, industrious life his children may well emulate.
He died in the maturity of his manhood, -to our mortal judgments an apparently untimely ending of an exceedingly active and useful life.
During the last weeks of his painful illness he bore himself with remarkable Christian fortitude. No word of complaint escaped his lips, and he died only when nature could no longer resist the inroads of disease.
May we all live and die as bravely as he did. The serene high courage with which he faced the crossing over into Eternity well exemplified the thought of Tennyson when he said: "May there be no moaning of the bar when I put out to sea."[footer.htm]