Monday, June 8, 2015

Clarence W. Barron (1855 - 1928)

Clarence W. Barron was one of the most influential figures in the history of Dow Jones & Company. Barron was born July 2, 1855, in Boston, and graduated from Boston’s Prescott Grammar English School and Graduate English High School in 1873.

He married Jessie M. Waldron in 1900 and adopted her daughters Jane and Martha.

Clarence Barron worked at a number of Boston newspaper, including the Boston Daily News and the Boston Evening Transcript. From 1878 to 1887, he was a reporter covering many beats but then began gravitating toward financial reporting.

In 1887, he founded the Boston News Bureau and in 1897 the Philadelphia News Bureau providing financial news to brokers.

In 1893 he wrote his first book, The Boston Stock Exchange.

In March 1903, after founder Charles Dow Jones died, Barron purchased Dow Jones & Company for $130,000. At that time the paper’s circulation had already reached 7000; by the end of 1920 it reached 18,750. In 1912, he assumed the title of president and set out to expand the circulation of the newspaper.

Dow Jones remained an influential and prosperous entity during the early years of the twenty-first century.

Barron is widely considered the father of American financial journalism.
Clarence W. Barron (1855 - 1928)

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