Henry William Poor
Henry William Poor was an American banker, stockbroker, and author
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Henry William Poor was born in Bangor, Maine
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, in 1844, the son of Henry Varnum Poor
Henry Varnum Poor
Henry Varnum Poor was a financial analyst and founder of H.V. and H.W. Poor Co, which later evolved into the financial research and analysis bellwether, Standard & Poor's....

. The family moved to New York City
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 when he was five years old, and he spent his youth there. He attended Harvard College
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, graduating in 1865.

The firm that he and his father established in 1868, H. V. & H. W. Poor, was a predecessor to the business that eventually became Standard & Poor's
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Henry William Poor became prominent as a stockbroker and investor, but had to liquidate his business in 1908 following some major losses.

He was also widely known as a book collector and a patron of the arts.

Poor died in New York City in April 1915.
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