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)
OccupationJournalist, 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 collections

  • 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. "Alfred Henry Lewis". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
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