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]


Lewis began as a staff writer at the Chicago Times, and eventually became editor of the Chicago Times-Herald.[2] By the late 19th century he was writing muckraker articles for Cosmopolitan. As an investigative journalist, Lewis wrote extensively about corruption in New York politics.[2] In 1901 he published a biography of Richard Croker (1843–1922), a leading figure in the corrupt political machine known as Tammany Hall, which exercised a great deal of control over New York politics from the 1790s to the 1960s.

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



  • Richard Croker (1901)
  • Nation-famous New York Murders (1914)

Novels and short story collections[edit]

  • Wolfville: Episodes of Cowboy Life (1893)
  • Sandburrs (1900)
  • Wolfville Days (1902)
  • The Black Lion Inn (1903)
  • The Boss, and How He Came to Rule New York (1903)
  • Peggy O'Neal (1903)
  • The President (1904)
  • The Sunset Trail (1905)
  • Confessions of a Detective (1906)
  • When Men Grew Tall; or, The Story of Andrew Jackson (1907)
  • An American Patrician; or, The Story of Aaron Burr (1908)
  • 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" (PDF). 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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