Henry Clews

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Henry Clews
Henry Clews in 1913 cropped.png
Clews in 1913
Born August 14, 1834
Staffordshire, England
Died January 31, 1923(1923-01-31) (aged 88)
New York City, New York
Occupation Financier
Spouse(s) Lucy Madison Worthington
Children Elsie (1875-1941), Henry, Jr. (1876-1937)
Parent(s) James Clews & Elizabeth Kendrick Clews

Henry Clews (August 14, 1834 – January 31, 1923) was an American financier and author.


He was born in August 14, 1834[1] in Staffordshire, England, and emigrated to the United States in 1853. His first job was at a pottery 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.[2]

He married Lucy Madison Worthington,[3] who was a relative of US President James Madison[4] and a descendent of American Revolutionary War brigadier general Andrew Lewis; 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".[5]

He died of bronchitis in New York City, New York on January 31, 1923.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b Ingham, John N. "Clews, Henry." 'Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders, Volume 1'. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1983. p172. Digital Scans, 'Google Books' (Web). 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Clews, Henry entry in Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia". Columbia University Press. 2007. 
  3. ^ "Lucy Madison Blumenthal (1852 - 1945) - Find A Grave Memorial". 
  4. ^ "Once upon a Time at LA Napoule: The Memoirs of Marie Clews" M. Clews, Publisher: Memoirs Unlimited; 1st edition (April 1998), ISBN 1889833037, ISBN 978-1889833033
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Henry Clews Dies in His 89th Year. Notable Wall Street Figure for More Than Sixty Years Succumbs 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.