Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. signed by Henry Clews - Autograph Railway Stock CertificateInv# AG2295 Stock
Stock issued to Henry Clews & Co. and signed by Henry Clews for the company.
Henry Clews (August 14, 1834 – January 31, 1923) was a British-American financier and author.
Clews was born on August 14, 1834, in Staffordshire, England. He was the youngest of four sons born to Elizabeth "Bessie" (née Kendrick) Clews and James Clews, a prosperous manufacturer of Staffordshire ware.
At age 14, while in training for the Anglican Church, Clews traveled to New York City, where he "began to perceive the possibilities that presented themselves to a young man."
Shortly thereafter, Clews emigrated to the United States in 1853. His first job was at a pottery import business, working as a junior clerk for Wilson G. Hunt & Company. He organized the firm of Stout, Clews & Mason and eventually brought his brother James Clews over from England to help him manage a branch of the brokerage firm. 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.
In 1877, he split away and started Henry Clews & Company, a member of the New York Stock Exchange, which made him enormously wealthy. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clews
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