Charles Dennis Barney
(July 9, 1844 – October 24, 1945) was an American stockbroker
and founder of Charles D. Barney & Co., one of the predecessors of the brokerage and securities firm Smith Barney
Barney was born in Sandusky, Ohio
, the son of a grain merchant. Barney attended the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor, Michigan
when the American Civil War
broke out. Barney's older brother was killed and at the end of 1862, Barney was permitted by his family to enlist in the U.S Army. After the war, Barney worked briefly as a clerk at a bank in Sandusky.
After two years, Barney moved to Philadelphia, where he married Laura E. Cooke, the daughter of prominent Philadelphia
financier Jay Cooke
, joining the firm of Jay Cooke & Company
Following the collapse of his father-in-law's Philadelphia banking house, in 1873, Barney reorganized the firm as Chas. D. Barney & Co.
Barney retired from day-to-day control of the firm in 1906 but remained involved through the 1930s. In 1938, Charles D. Barney & Co. and Edward B. Smith & Co. merged to form Smith Barney & Co.
Barney died in 1945 at the age of 101 at Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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