Henry Pope Clearwater, Hallowell, ca. 1950

Not available for reproduction or licensing. More info.


Henry Pope Clearwater, Ph.D., known to the world as Dr. Clearwater, established a successful mail order patent medicine business in the early 1900s. His advertisements often included the following quote: "I will pass this way but once! If therefore there is any Good which I may do any Happiness I may give or Gladness I can create, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."

A three pill cure for Rheumatism was Clearwater's most successful product. But the lawsuit U. S. vs Henry Clearwater (H. P. Clearwater and Pope Laboratories) resulted in the "Misbranding of Clearwater's Combination Medication" in 1942. As a result the sales of other products declined and the business was liquidated when Clearwater died in 1952.

Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.