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date: 06 December 2019

Tower, Charlemagnelocked

(17 April 1848–24 February 1923)
  • Henry E. Mattox


Tower, Charlemagne (17 April 1848–24 February 1923), diplomat and financier, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Charlemagne Tower, a lawyer and industrialist, and Amelia Bartle. He attended Harvard (class of 1872) and afterward traveled and studied in Europe for several years. In 1878 he was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar and began practicing law. For several years during the 1880s he personally directed his father’s extensive mining-related enterprises in Minnesota, including a railroad and a large iron manufacturing company. After a syndicate bought out these holdings in a multimillion-dollar takeover, Tower returned to Philadelphia where he assumed positions as officer or director in finance, railroad, and coal mining companies. In 1888 he married Helen Smith; they had five children. Upon the death of his father the following year, he succeeded to a substantial family fortune. Tower published a two-volume study of the ...

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