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date: 23 January 2020

Conover, Harry Sayleslocked

(29 August 1911–21 July 1965)
  • Barbara McCarthy Crofton


Conover, Harry Sayles (29 August 1911–21 July 1965), modeling agency founder and businessman, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Harry Conover, Jr., a washing machine salesman, and Claire Byrnes. Conover’s parents were divorced soon after his birth, and he spent his first nine years with his maternal grandparents in Chicago, where his grandfather was a prominent lawyer. He moved to Brooklyn in 1920 when his mother married the owner of a tool and die company. From 1923 until his graduation in 1928, he attended Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, New York, occasionally vacationing in Palm Beach, Florida, with his family. He was destined for Notre Dame, and perhaps the priesthood, but he rebelled, leaving college on the day he arrived in September 1928....

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