Historical Character

Name: Henry A. Strong

Age: 82

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: White

Profession: First president and investor of the Eastman Kodak Company

Location: Rochester, New York

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: Charming, Social, Indulgent, Easy Going, Pig Headed, Profound Public Speaker, Proficient at business networking.

Biography (ca. 1921):
Henry A. Strong was born in Rochester, New York, in 1838 to newspaper publisher Alvah Strong. Henry, at an early age, abandoned his education for the New York City docks in hopes of pursuing the life of a seaman. After finding himself discontented with sailor life, he relinquished his position and was dropped off in France for about 4 years. After returning home, Strong decided to finish his education, graduating from Wyoming Academy in 1858; a year later he married Helen P. Griffin. With the start of the civil war, Strong strayed away from family again to join the navy, becoming an assistant paymaster for the war’s duration. Strong experienced a few not so successful business ventures before his life changing meeting with George Eastman. The first of these ventures was work with his uncle Myron H. Strong’s horse and buggy whip business, followed by work in the Strong and Woodbury business firm until 1880. After lodging with the Eastman family and maintaining relations for 10 years or so, Eastman went into the dry plate industry with Strong as his first investor, starting off with a $1000 investment, to start off the business, beginning as the Eastman dry plate and film company and eventually growing into the Eastman Kodak Company with Henry Strong as its president.