MISS EDITH K. O. CLARK.
Miss Edith K. O. Clark, filling the position of state superintendent of public instruction in Wyoming for a four years' term, with office in Cheyenne, was born in Washington, D. C, on the 7th of September, 1881, a daughter of George W. and Sara (Robinson) Clark, The father was a lawyer by profession and became one of the chief examiners in the land office at the national capital. He was also interested for some time in cattle interests in Wyoming, but both he and his wife have passed away. In their family were two daughters and a son, all residents of Wyoming.
Miss Edith Clark, of this review, the eldest of the family, pursued a public and high school education in Washington, D. C., and was graduated from the schools of Des Moines, Iowa, after which she studied at Grinnell College, Iowa. She pursued a course in library training in the University of Wisconsin and in 1906 she came to Wyoming, taking up the profession of teaching in Johnson and Sheridan counties, where she remained as a teacher for two years. She was then elected school superintendent of Sheridan county and so continued for six years. The splendid record which she made in educational circles led to her nomination on the republican ticket for the office of state superintendent of public instruction, to which position she was elected in the fall of 1914. She assumed the duties of the office in January, 1915, for a four years' term and has made most valuable suggestions and done most excellent work in systematizing and improving the schools throughout the state. Many problems are presented to her for solution in regard to the conduct of the schools, and her broad experience, clear insight and high ideals have rendered her opinions and decisions of the utmost worth in these connections.
Miss Clark gives her political allegiance to the republican party. She belongs to the Episcopal church and she is also identified with the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is a broad-minded woman, keeping in touch with the trend of modern thought and progress along all those lines which touch the general interests of society, and her professional activity is based upon a recognition of the fact that the object of education, according to Kant, is to teach each individual to reach the highest perfection possible for him.