Clara Gunnison Force
(1852 - 1939)
Clara Gunnison Force was active/lived in Pennsylvania, California. Clara Force is known for miniature portrait painting.
Biography Clara Gunnison Force
Born in 1852, Clara Gunnison Force was one of five children born to
Jonas and Charlotte A. Spafford Gunnison. The Gunnison family
ancestors had emigrated from Sweden in 1631. Her father, educated
as an attorney and admitted to the bar in 1849, practiced law in Erie,
Pennsylvania for a time. He was active in local political
circles, serving on the Mayor's Select Council and also as a
representative to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He later held
state committee posts for the Republican Party. Clara's brother
Frank went on to become a judge of the Erie County Courts.
Completing her schooling locally, she enrolled at Vassar College.
Following her father's death in 1872, she and her mother t
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