CLARK, WILLIAM A.
WILLIAM A. CLARK (1839-1925). Clark, a Montana Senator and a mining capitalist, formed the Colorado and Montana Smelting Company. Whereas most miners skipped the less valuable copper in favor of gold, he invested heavily in that metal by buying discarded mines. He used his profits to invest in banking, real estate and ranching. He pushed for Montana statehood and at one point, served as its acting Governor. He is best known for his long-time feud with Marcus Daly, which ranged across business and politics.