Lewis Henry Lapham

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Lewis Henry Lapham[1] (March 13, 1858 – June 10, 1934)[1][2] was an American entrepreneur who made a fortune consolidating smaller business in the leather industry. He was also one of the founders of Texaco Oil Company.


Lapham was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Samantha Lapham (née Vail) and Henry Griffith Lapham, who were second cousins.[1][3]

He built Waveny House[4] in New Canaan, Connecticut, as a summer residence for his family to escape the heat of New York City. The mansion and property are now a public park and arts center in New Canaan.[5][6]

Lapham was the father of San Francisco mayor Roger Lapham, the grandfather of actor Christopher Lloyd, and the great-grandfather of both Lewis H. Lapham, of Harper's Magazine and Sam Lloyd of Scrubs fame.


  1. ^ a b c http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/celeb/lloyd.htm
  2. ^ "LEWIS H. LAPHAM, FINANCIER, 76, DIES; Retired Leather Merchant Was a Founder of Texas Corporation, an Oil Concern, HELD MANY DIRECTORATES Began Career at 19, Later Joining His Father's Company-Interested in Ship Line". The New York Times. 1934-06-11.
  3. ^ http://www.abebooks.fr/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=185489044&searchurl=bi%3Dh%26vcat%3DAutographs___Manuscripts%26vcatn%3DAutographs-Manuscripts%26vci%3D35834
  4. ^ "The Magic of Waveny". Archived from the original on 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  5. ^ Charles, Eleanor (1987-05-10). "If You're Thinking of Living in:; NEW CANAAN". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  6. ^ "Lapham Center". Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-19.