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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Leonard Chandler Harry


THERE is no kind of enterprise connected with shipping interests which has not experienced a remarkable development in the past two or three years, and in connection with this expansion of marine activities there has also developed a great interest in the enlargement and improvement of American ports. Connected with this progress there has been a parallel development of the business of supplying iron and steel for construction of docks, ships, etc.

A notable enterprise of this kind in New York is that of the L. C. Harry Company, of which the guiding head is Leonard Chandler Harry, of 114 Liberty Street, New York, which has been advanced to a position of marked prominence among those identified with marine interests in the port of New York.

Mr. Harry was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of Madison and Sarah (Davis) Harry. His father was a Baptist missionary, who went to Colorado in 1875. Leonard C. Harry was educated in schools in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and New York. Mr. Harry is of an old American family, and his

great-grandfather on his maternal side was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and also was a cousin of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States.

Mr. Harry has been engaged in various pursuits. He herded cattle on the Western plains for three years, and was afterward with Remington Arms Company at Ilion, New York, in charge of distribution of parts. In 1906 he entered the employ of J. Edward Ogden Company, manufacturers and dealers in hardware and contractors' supplies, and remained with that firm successively as stenographer, salesman and sales manager, from 1906 to 1914.

In all of these successive connections Mr. Harry proved himself thoroughly adaptable and gained recognition as a man of ability and energy.

In April, 1914, he began business for himself, and he has since then engaged in handling contractors' supplies, making a specialty of iron and

steel products for docks, ships, etc. Two of Mr. Harry's brothers are associated with him in the business, and the company has made a specialty of dock work, in which line it has built up a very extensive business and has made a very substantial success in the enterprise.

Mr. Harry served in the Spanish-American War as a member of the band of the 21st Kansas Regiment. The regiment, however, got no farther than Georgia, for the war was over before the time when the regiment was to have moved to the front. Mr. Harry is a member of the B.P.O. Elks, and is well and favorably known as a successful representative of his line of business.

The development of his business has been con-tinuous, built up by his personal effort and by the promptness and reliability of service rendered by the firm. Specializing in dock work, the company has been aided by the growth of the shipping interests and the consequent expansion in the building of docks in all principal American ports. It has always employed the most expert supervision and skilful workmanship.

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