Alfred Henry Lewis

Alfred Henry Lewis (January 20, 1855 – December 23, 1914) was an American investigative journalist, lawyer, novelist, editor, and short story writer,[1] who sometimes published under the pseudonym Dan Quin.[2]

Alfred Henry Lewis
Born(1855-01-20)January 20, 1855
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
DiedDecember 23, 1914(1914-12-23) (aged 59)
  • Journalist
  • writer
  • editor
Known forInvestigative journalism
Wolfville books


Lewis began as a staff writer at the Chicago Times, and eventually became editor of the Chicago Times-Herald.[3] By the late 19th century he was writing muckraker articles for Cosmopolitan. As an investigative journalist, Lewis wrote extensively about corruption in New York politics.[3] In 1901 he published a biography of Richard Croker (1843–1922), a leading figure in the corrupt political machine known as Tammany Hall, which exercised a great deal of control over New York politics from the 1790s to the 1960s.

As a writer of genre fiction, his most successful works were Westerns from his Wolfville series, which he continued writing until he died of gastrointestinal disease in 1914.



  • Richard Croker (1901)
  • Nation-famous New York Murders (1914)

Novels and short story collectionsEdit

  • Wolfville: Episodes of Cowboy Life (1893)
  • Sandburrs (1900)
  • Wolfville Days (1902)
  • The Black Lion Inn (1903)
  • The Boss, and How He Came to Rule New York (1903)
  • Peggy O'Neal (1903)
  • The President (1904)
  • The Sunset Trail (1905)
  • Confessions of a Detective (1906)
  • When Men Grew Tall; or, The Story of Andrew Jackson (1907)
  • An American Patrician; or, The Story of Aaron Burr (1908)
  • Wolfville Folks (1908)
  • Wolfville Nights (1908)
  • The Apaches of New York (1912)
  • Faro Nell and Her Friends: Wolfville Stories (1913)


  1. ^ "Alfred Henry Lewis, Author, Is Dead" (PDF). The New York Times. December 24, 1914. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who in America, 1902, at
  3. ^ a b "Alfred Henry Lewis". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved December 14, 2013.

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