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Harvey Dow Gibson

Harvey Dow Gibson, American banker.


  • Gibson, Harvey Dow was born on March 12, 1882 in North Conway, New Hampshire, United States. Son of James L. and Addie (Dow) Gibson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College, 1902, Doctor of Laws, 1919. Doctor of Laws, University N.H., 1933, Northeastern, 1945.


    • Entered employ American Express Company, at Boston, 1902, and became assistant manager financial department at New York City. Associate with others and purchased control Raymond & Whitcomb Company, of which was vice president. Appointed assistant to president Liberty National Bank, 1912, vice president, 1913-1917, president, 1917-1921, when Liberty National Bank was merged with New York Trust Company, elected president of latter company.

      President Manufacturers Trust Company of New York, since 1931, Chairman of the Board, 1931-1947. Chairman of the Board National Bondholders Corporation, Textile Banking Company. Director Shuron Optical Company, Huron Holding Corporation, Chesapeake Ohio Railway, New York, New Jersey&H. R.R. (Executive Committee), American Home Products Corporation, United States Lines Company (Executive Committee), International Mercantile Marine Company, Western Electric Company (Executive Committee), Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation, Distillers Corporation, Seagrams, Ltd., Paramount Pictures, Inc.

      (Executive Committee), New England Public Service Company, Home Insurance Company (executive and finance committee), Hershey Creamery Company Chairman New York County chapter American Red Cross, 1917. Appointed general manager American Red Cross, 1917, also member War Council and War Finance Committee, commissioner for France, 1918, and for Europe, 1919. American Red Cross commissioner to Great Britain, 1942-1945, commissioner to Great Britain and Western Europe, 1944-1945.

      Nat. chairman 1946-1947 Fund Campaign, governor, member Executive Committee, 1947.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Member New York World’s Fair Finance Committee, Inc., chairman 1936-1941. Served as lieutenant colonel to colonel, United States Army, 1919. Member Piping Rock Horse Show Association (president), English Speaking Union (director), Greater New York Fund (director), Newcomen Society of England, American branch, New York State Chamber of Commerce.

    (vice president, 1947), Bond of New York (member of advisory council), Buck’s (London), National Golf Links of America, Recess Travellers (Paris), Union Interallice, Maine Society, Theta Delta Chi. Clubs: Bankers of America, Links, Links Golf, National Golf Links, Racquet and Tennis, Turf and Field, Recess Union League, University, Piping Rock, River, Wall Street, Meadown Brook, Madison Square Garden (president and governor), The Creek (president), New York Yacht (governor), Meadow Brook Hounds (past master of foxhounds).


    • Married Carrie Hastings Curtis, June 10, 1903. Married second, Helen Whitney Bourne, March 12, 1926.
    • father: James L. Gibson
    • mother: Addie (Dow) Gibson
    • spouses: Carrie Hastings Curtis
    • Helen Whitney Bourne
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    Died September 11, 1950
    (aged 68)