Alfred Henry Lewis

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Alfred Henry Lewis
Born (1855-01-20)January 20, 1855
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died December 23, 1914(1914-12-23) (aged 59)
Manhattan, New York, US
Occupation Journalist, writer, editor
Known for Investigative journalism
Wolfville books

Alfred Henry Lewis (January 20, 1855 – December 23, 1914) was an American investigative journalist, lawyer, novelist, editor, and short story writer.[1]

He began his career as a staff writer at the Chicago Times, and eventually became editor of the Chicago Times-Herald.[2] During the late 19th century, he wrote muckraker articles for Cosmopolitan. As an investigative journalist, Lewis wrote extensively about corruption in New York politics.[2] This was the subject of his book The Boss, and How He Came to Rule New York, which focused on the Tammany Hall society of the 18th century. He also wrote biographies of Irish-American politician Richard Croker (1843–1922), and of Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), seventh President of the United States.

As a writer of genre fiction, his most successful works were in his Wolfville series of Western fiction, which he continued writing until he died of gastrointestinal disease in 1914.



  • Richard Croker (1901)
  • The Boss, and How He Came to Rule New York (1903)
  • When Men Grew Tall, or, The Story of Andrew Jackson (1907)
  • Nation-famous New York Murders (1914)

Novels and short story collections[edit]

  • Wolfville: Episodes of Cowboy Life (1893)
  • Sandburrs (1900)
  • Wolfville Days (1902)
  • Peggy O'Neal (1903)
  • The President: A Novel (1904)
  • Confessions of a Detective (1906)
  • Wolfville Folks (1908)
  • Wolfville Nights (1908)
  • The Apaches of New York (1912)
  • Faro Nell and Her Friends: Wolfville Stories (1913)


  1. ^ "Alfred Henry Lewis, Author, Is Dead". The New York Times. December 24, 1914. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Alfred Henry Lewis". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 

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