Henry Clews

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Henry Clews
Henry Clews.jpg
Henry Clews between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915.
Born 1836
Died February 1, 1923
Spouse(s) Lucy Madison Worthington
Children Elsie (1875-1941), Henry, Jr. (1876-1937)

Henry Clews (1836 – February 1, 1923) was an American financier and author.

Biography[edit]

He was born in 1836 in Staffordshire, England, and emigrated to the United States in 1853. His first job was at an import business, working as a junior clerk. In 1859 he co-founded Livermore, Clews, and Company, what was then the second largest marketer of federal bonds during the United States Civil War. He split away and started Clews and Company in 1877.

Henry Clews organized the "Committee of 70," which deposed the corrupt ring associated with William M. Tweed in New York City, and he served as an economic consultant to President Ulysses Grant.[1]

He married the American woman Lucy Madison Worthington; they had two children: Elsie Worthington Clews, an anthropologist, and Henry Clews Jr. (1876–1937), an artist. Towards the end of his life he wrote one of the most famous classics about life on Wall Street entitled "Fifty Years in Wall Street".[2]

He died in 1923.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clews, Henry entry in Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia". Columbia University Press. 2007. 
  2. ^ Clews, Henry. Fifty Years in Wall Street "Twenty-Eight Years in Wall Street," Revised and Enlarged by a Resume of the Past Twenty-Two Years, Making a Record of Fifty Years in Wall Street. New York: Irving Pub. Co, 1908.
  3. ^ "Henry Clews Dies in His 89th Year. Notable Wall Street Figure for More Than Sixty Years Suc- cumbs to Bronchitis". New York Times. February 1, 1923. Retrieved 2011-03-04. "Henry Clews, the banker, died at his home, 27 West Fifty-first Street, yesterday after a long Illness. He had been in failing health for several months, and the direct cause of his death was chronic bronchitis. He was in his eighty-ninth year." 

Further reading[edit]

  • Clews, Henry. Fifty Years in Wall Street. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley & Sons, 2006.