Henry J. Steere

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Henry Jonah Steere (1830–1889) was a prominent American philanthropist and industrialist from Rhode Island.

Childhood

Henry J. Steere was born in Providence, Rhode Island on April 11, 1830 to Alice Smith (1789–1863) and Jonah Steere (1788–1871), a manufacturer, saddler and harness maker. Henry was their only surviving child. Steere was a Yankee, whose ancestor John Steere immigrated to the Providence from Great Britain before 1660 and married the daughter of Reverend William Wickenden.James Pierce Root, Steere Genealogy: A Record of the Descendants of John Steere, who Settled in in Providence, Rhode Island, about the year 1660, (Providence: Riverside Press, 1890). (Wickenden's daughter married John Steere, progenitor of that family)

Business endeavors

Steere entered the textile manufacturing business, eventually building mills in the towns of Providence, Burrillville, Smithfield, and Glocester. Steere was also president or a director of Northern Bank, Globe National Bank,...
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