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HOLCOMBE, Henry W., cigar manufacturer and tobacco jobber, Harrisburg, was born July 25, 1872. He is a son of Lewis P. and Valeria (Gregory) Holcombe. Richard and Thankful (Shrope) Holcombe, the grandparents of Henry W., were natives of New Jersey, where the grandfather spent his life. He was a prominent and successful business man, a miller. He was killed, March 3, 1860, by the explosion of the boiler of a steamboat of which he was a part owner. The grandmother died at Easton, Pa. They had but two children: Mary E., wife of John P. Bennett, of Hackettstown, N. J., and Lewis P., father of Henry W.

Lewis P. Holcombe was born in Flemington, Huntingdon county, N. J., September 10, 1852. While he was a child, his parents removed, first to Asbury, N. J., thence to Lambertsville, N. J., and subsequently to Belvidere, Warren county, N. J., where his father was killed , as above described. The widow and her son, Lewis, removed to Jersey City, N. J. Here he attended a private school for about five years. He then became salesman in a retail dry goods store in new York, where he remained about three years. After this he attended the Excelsior Normal Institute, Caversville, Bucks county, Pa., for two years. He was then engaged for a short time as bookkeeper in Philadelphia. In 1869 he removed to Harrisburg, and for the ensuing three years was employed by Dr. A. Patterson in the carpet business. In 1872 he entered the employ of Henry Gregory, and was with him for eleven years. He has since been employed as accountant and as traveling salesman, principally for New Jersey and Philadelphia firms.

He was married, in Harrisburg, in July, 1871, to Miss Valeria, daughter of Henry and Matilda Gregory. They have had four children, of whom three are living: Henry W.; Louis R., born November 13, 1877; and Zephaniah, born March 20, 1872. Mrs. Holcombe died December 16, 1891.

Mr. L. P. Holcombe is Republican in politics. He attends the Presbyterian church.

Henry W. Holcombe has lived all his life in Harrisburg, and was educated in the city schools. He was graduated from the high school in 1893, from which date until 1895 he was employed by his grandfather, Henry Gregory, as traveling salesman. Since September, 1895, he has been a cigar manufacturer. He was married, in Camden, N. J., February 26, 1894, to Miss Laura J., daughter of John and Sarah A. Rider, of Harrisburg, but both natives of East Hanover township, Dauphin county, and both deceased. H. W. and Laura Holcombe have one son, Henry Gregory, born November 10, 1895. Mr. Holcombe is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Reformed church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 18 Mar. 2001

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