Dr. Harry Marc Rowe (1860-1926) was an American businessman in Baltimore, Maryland.
He started his professional career teaching at a commercial school named Duff College
in Pittsburg, PA and moved onto a smaller Massachusetts business school named Curry
College, which he later became president. While at Curry, Rowe also learned and worked
in accounting houses and became very active in business education associations. Within
a few years, he left his presidency to pursue accountancy. When Warren Sadler, a business
school owner, visited Pittsburg in 1893, Rowe’s hoped to pitch a deal to exclusively
write textbooks for Sadler’s schools, which Sadler accepted in March 1894. Four years
later, after testing his materials in Sadler’s classroom, the Sadler-Rowe Company
was incorporated and published practical accounting text in a workbook format. By
1911, Sadler-Rowe became H.M. Rowe Company and was closed in 2014. Rowe was an executive
of the American Automobile Association (AAA) becoming its president between 1916-1918
and promoted road construction to Congress. He partnered with A/ T Carozza on road
building projects and public work contacts in Maryland, later creating Carozza-Rowe
Construction. Rowe had 4 children with 3 wives; Harry Jr, Hart, Earle, and Portia.
All of his sons held positions in H.M. Rowe Company: Harry Jr. served as editor and
was eventually vice president and Hart covered sales related work at schools and became
secretary treasurer. Once Earle was old enough, he joined the company as well. When
the US entered the war in 1917, Harry was forced to run the business alone. After
returning from war, by early 1920, the Rowe sons were no longer part of the company.
Harry Jr. was fired as treasurer of Rowe’s contracting business around 1924 and his
other sons also distanced themselves from the company. Unfortunately, one of his sons
attacked Dr. Harry M. Rowe by which he died.
This collection is divided into 3 series. Series I: Rowe Family Life Series II: The
Budget Newsletter Series III:Financial Records
This collection was assembled and donated by Lyn Camire Jones, and independednt researcher.
After using these materials to piece together the story of Harry M. Rowe's family
and career, she transferred these materials to UMBC in November 2021.
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Rowe, Harry M. (Harry Marc), 1860-1926
Business education Publishing industry--United States--1890-1900
Publishing industry--United States--1910-1920.
This series contains family images, newspaper clippings citing the Rowe family house
fire, and images of the newly built estate.
This series contains the internally published newspaper by The Sadle-Rowe Company
until 1911.published under the same name once the company was renamed to H.M. Rowe
This series contains some finanancial records pertaining to the H. M. Rowe Company
finances toward the end of Mr. Rowe's life.