Clinton Bowen Fisk was born in Griggsville, New York on 8 December 1828; he died on 9 July 1890, in New York City.
-- Gammon (2007), pp. 41-42
Fisk worked, generally, in the financial industry. He was a banker in Michigan, an insurance agent in Missouri, and treasurer of the Missouri Pacific Railway and of the Atlantic and Pacific Railway. He was among the founders of the City of Harriman, Tennessee – a utopian settlement where beverage alcohol was forbidden – and of its American Temperance University.
Clinton B. Fisk was also the founder of eponymous Fisk University, which began in 1866 as a school for liberated slaves.
He served as Assistant Commissioner of the (federal) Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned lands for the states of Kentucky and Tennessee, and he served on the Board of Indian Commissioners. He was on the boards of trustees of Drew Theological Seminary, of Dickinson College, and of Albion College
Fisk enlisted in the Union Army, rising eventually to the rank of Major General.
Clinton B. Fisk was dedicated to the Cause of Prohibition for his entire life. He left the Republican Party in 1884, because it did not support temperance strongly enough to suit him. He ran on the Prohibition Ticket in 1886 for governor of New Jersey, in addition to being our presidential candidate in 1888.