12th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
November 27, 1919 to August 29, 1921
Lionel Clarke was born in 1857 in Guelph, and was the son of a doctor. He was educated at Trinity College School and the University of Edinburgh. In 1891, he married Anne Small. Clarke was a businessman in Palmerston before entering the grain trade in Toronto. He became the chairman of Canadian Malting Company, President of the Board of Grain Supervisors, Chairman of the Toronto Harbour Commission, and a member of the Niagara Falls Park Commission. Clarke was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 1919, and was a champion for public education and literacy. He died in office in 1921.