Henry Honoré

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Henry Hamilton Honoré (February 19, 1824 – August 16, 1916) was an American businessman.

Early life[edit]

Lockwood Honore, son of Henry Honore[1]

Honoré was born on February 19, 1824 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the son of Francis Honoré (1792–1851) and Matilda D. (née Lockwood) Honoré (1803–1849). His siblings included Mary Ann Honoré, Benjamin Lockwood Honoré, and Francis Leonidis Honoré.[2]

His paternal grandfather, Jean Antoine Honoré, was born in Paris, France from an old aristocratic family and was friends with Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, and moved to America in 1781, becoming a merchant prince and taking an active part in the establishment of Kentucky.[2]


In 1855, Honoré moved from Louisville to Chicago, Illinois and made his fortune in real estate.

Honoré was responsible for the assemblage of lots and acreage along Dearborn Street, creating an office and commercial district. Honore St. (1832W) in Chicago is named after him. The Honoré Building, at Adams and Dearborn in downtown Chicago, was destroyed during the Great Chicago Fire.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Henry Honoré family crypt, Graceland Cemetery

In 1846, Honoré was married to Eliza Jane Carr (1825–1906), the daughter of Capt. John Carr.[2] Together, he fathered six children including:[4]

Honoré died in Chicago, at the age of 93, on August 16, 1916.[10]


Through his daughter Ida Marie, Honoré became the grandfather of American writer Julia Dent Cantacuzène Spiransky-Grant, also known as Princess Cantacuzène, who chronicled the Russian Revolution from a first-person perspective.


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  2. ^ a b c Bateman, Newton; Selby, Paul (1915). Biographical and Memorial Edition of the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois. Munsell publishing Company. pp. 774–776. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  3. ^ McKinney, Megan (December 31, 2017). "The Wallers | Classic Chicago Magazine". Classic Chicago Magazine. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. J.T. White. 1916. p. 94. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  5. ^ Catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Psi Upsilon Fraternity. 1917. p. 562. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  6. ^ The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Bertha Honoré Palmer | American philanthropist". www.britannica.com/. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  7. ^ Marquis, Albert Nelson (1911). The Book of Chicagoans, p. 339. Chicago: A.N. Marquis & Company.
  8. ^ Chicago, University of (1920). University of Chicago Alumni Directory. Produced for the University of Chicago Alumni Association by Pub. Concepts, Incorporated. p. 481. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  9. ^ Index to Legal Periodicals and Law Library Journal. H.W. Wilson Company. 1918. p. 14. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  10. ^ "HENRY H. HONORE DEAD. Veteran Chicago Real Estate Dealer Was Father of Mrs. Potter Palmer" (PDF). The New York Times. August 17, 1916. Retrieved 2 October 2018.

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