Historical Journal of Massachusetts
This article tells the life story of Harry Clark Bentley, a prominent accountant and educator in Massachusetts. Bentley founded the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in Boston in 1917, and this article chronicles the early years of that school (which evolved over time into Bentley University). After focusing on Mr. Bentley’s school (which is now in Waltham, Massachusetts), the article delves deeply into the man’s background, drawing on archival sources and personal interviews to shed light on his family, his character, and the forces that motivated him. Clifford Putney is an associate professor of history at Bentley University who has published numerous articles and several books, including Muscular Christianity and Missionaries in Hawaii. He is currently writing a history of Bentley University.
Putney, Clifford, "Harry Clark Bentley : A Pioneering Accountant and the Founder of Bentley University (1877-1967)" (2019). History Faculty Publications. 1.