WALL STREET: Mr. Hosford Bows Out

Most Clevelanders have never heard of Clevelander Harry William Hosford. Many a Cleveland financial man who can boast about knowing the big boys has never seen him. A few knew him as the country's biggest individual speculator in Government securities. In the winter of 1942-43 alone he bought upwards of $28 million worth of Government bonds.

Some estimated his fortune at $75 to $100 million. One thing everybody was sure of: obscure Harry Hosford was one of the town's richest men. But his name is not in the Directory of Directors, and seldom in a newspaper. Hosford, a lone wolf,...

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