Henry Horner

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Henry Horner

The late Henry Horner (1817-1878) was a wholesale grocer and flour merchant who was a founding members of the Chicago Board of Trade. He was also one of the first Jewish members of the CBOT and of the City of Chicago.[1][2][3][4]

A grandson, also named Henry Horner, would become the first Jewish governor of the State of Illinois, serving from 1933 to 1940.

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Horner, his wife Hannah and their family, lived above the grocery store they operated. The founded Henry Horner & Company after coming to American in 1940 and first working as a clerk for a clothing store. Henry Horner & Company first opened a retail and wholesale grocery story at the corner of Randolph and Canal streets in Chicago.[5][6]

Horner was devastated by the Chicago Fire of 1871 and abandoned a banking venture. In 1878 he discontinued retail operations of his grocery, leaving only a wholesale operation. He died of a stroke in 1878 at the age of sixty.

After his death, his business was continued by his widow and his son Isaac H. Horner, who also was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade.

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