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To be honest, I don't know a lot about Henry Varnum Poor. I now understand that he is the "Poor" in "Standard and Poor's Index," being an innovator in the desemination of business data, and that he was an astute railroad analyst at the time of the Civil War. His obituary was even printed in the New York Times. Humorously, in my research, Henry Varnum Poor is understood to be so well known that authors have assumed they don't need to write about him!
Dr. Alfred D. Chandler's book, Henry Varnum Poor: Business Editor, Analyst, and Reformer (1981) seems to be one of the best known studies of him. Will Chandler, Dr. Chandler's brother, now owns the Merrill/Poor house in Andover, what my mother knew from photographs as the "Poor farm." The Chanders were gracious enough to show us the house when Mom and I visited Andover for Olde Home Days in August 2001. Of course, see Henry Varnum Poor's biography on Wikipedia
Henry Varnum Poor
Mary Wild Pierce Poor
Agnes Blake Poor
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