Keys, Clement (Melville)(1876–1952) journalist, financier, aviation executive; born in Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada. His financial and organizational skills boosted the development of modern airline corporations like Trans World Airlines. He moved to New York to work for the Wall Street Journal (1901–06) and eventually founded North American Aviation (1928), a holding company that assisted in the creation of Curtiss-Wright (1929) out of the two greatest pioneering names in aviation.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.