Henry Sands Brooks

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Henry Sands Brooks
Born(1772-09-08)September 8, 1772
DiedDecember 21, 1833(1833-12-21) (aged 61)
Resting placeSands Point Cemetery
Spouse(s)Lavinia Brooks

Henry Sands Brooks (September 8, 1772 – December 21, 1833) was an American clothier and businessman. He founded Brooks Brothers, the oldest clothier in the United States.


Early life[edit]

Henry Sands Brooks was born on September 8, 1772.[1] His father was a doctor from Connecticut.[1] He had a brother, John.[1]


He moved to New York City and worked as a grocer.[1]

In 1818, at the age of forty-five, he purchased a building on the corner of Cherry Street and Catherine Street in Manhattan and founded Brooks Brothers.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Laura Lee, The Name's Familiar: Mr. Leotard, Barbie, and Chef Boyardee, p. 46 Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, 1999 [1]
  2. ^ Brooks Brothers: About Us
  3. ^ Patrick Bunyan, All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities, New York, New York: Fordham University Press, 2010, pp. 109-110 [2]
  4. ^ Jeffrey A. Kroessler, New York Year by Year: A Chronology of the Great Metropolis, New York, New York: New York University Press, 2002, p. 70 [3]
  5. ^ Cynthia Overbeck Bix, Petticoats and Frock Coats: Revolution and Victorian-Age Fashions from the 1770s to the 1860s, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Twenty-First Century Books, 2011, p. 31 [4]
  6. ^ Alexandra Kathryn Mosca, Green-Wood Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2008, p. 59 [5]