Beautiful certificate from the John T. Clark Mechanically Inflated Tire Company
issued in 1913. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an early car. This item has the original signatures of the Company’s President, and Secretary, and is over 99 years old.
John T. Clark:
The "One Mighty and Strong"
Brian C. Hales
This article examines John T. Clark, a relatively little-known but influential
figure in the rise of fundamentalism among the Latter-day Saints during
the early twentieth century. By 1921, small groups of excommunicated
polygamists had begun to congregate at homes, offices, industrial buildings,
and even in open-air settings. While no identifiable leaders would
emerge until the 1930s, these groups would eventually coalesce to form the
fundamentalist movement. Several individuals, including Clark, became
prominent within the informal gatherings, either because of their testimonies,
convictions, publications, financial successes, or claims to priesthood
authority. Clark is unusual, however, because he was apparently never a
polygamist. Rather, it was his doctrinal unorthodoxy and creative theological
speculations that distanced him from the official LDS Church and
made him an appealing figure to others whose ideas included the continuation
of post-Manifesto polygamy.
John Tanner Clark left no personal papers, diaries, or autobiography,
to my knowledge, so biographical background is sparse. He was
born January 4, 1865, in Provo, Utah, to John Clark and Alvira Jane Pratt
Clark and raised in the LDS Church. He served a three-year mission on
the Uintah Indian reservation and was apparently, for a time, a member
of the BYU faculty, although no details seem to be available about his education, field, or the period of this employment. He married Alice Scow in
1896 in the Salt Lake Temple. However, they had no children, she died in
1898, and Clark apparently never remarried.
Intellectually keen, he served in World War I, developing a shield
for ships that would explode a torpedo before it made contact with theJohn T. Clark invented a puncture-proof automobile tire and a special
rim. He formed the John T. Clark Mechanically Inflated Tire Company in
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