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Charles Henry Dow
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    (November 6, 1851-December 4, 1902)
    Born in Sterling, Connecticut
    Co-founder of Dow Jones and Company with Edward Davis Jones and Charles Bergstresser (1882)
    Co-founder and editor of The Wall Street Journal (1889)
    Created the Dow Jones industrial average (1896)
    Introduced the stock ticker (1897)
    He was a workaholic who undermined his health through overwork.
    While covering the stock exchange, he would write shorthand notes on his shirt cuffs.
    Economist Alfred Cowles concluded that someone who invested by following Dow's theories on stock price movement would earn 3.5% less per year than someone following a buy-and-hold strategy with a diversified portfolio (1934).
    At age six, he began helping to manage the family farm after the death of his father.
    Unlike many other financial reporters of the day, he and Jones could not be bribed into creating favorable reports about a company to drive up the stock price.
    A colleague said that his greatest contribution was 'writing about high finance in the language of everyday life.'
    A later re-analysis showed that Cowles had failed to account for a portfolio built by following Dow's theories having less risk and volatility, so a Dow theory investor would have higher risk-adjusted returns than a buy-and-hold one (1997).

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