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John Gideon Searle (1901 - 1978)

"Jack Searle"

Gideon "Jack" Searle (1901–1978) was an American heir, businessman and philanthropist.Early lifeJohn Gideon Searle was born March 18, 1901 in Iowa. His paternal grandfather was Gideon Daniel Searle, fo...

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Irl Carlton Martin (1895 - 1976)

Martin was the president and long-time chairman of the board of the Woodward Governor Company. .

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Roy C. Ingersoll MP (1884 - 1966)

Ingersoll became president of Borg Warner Inc. in 1950. In 1954, he became chairman of the board. BorgWarner Inc. is a United States-based worldwide automotive industry components and parts supplier. I...

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D. J. DePree (1891 - 1990)

Jan (D. J.) De Pree was born in Zeeland, Michigan in 1891. His father was a tinsmith who was active in local politics. His grandparents were Dutch Calvinists who had immigrated to Zeeland in the late 1...

4/13/2009 10/19/2013

Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor MP (1847 - 1931)

Sources:== United States Census, 1860 >Alvah Edison in entry for Samuel Edison, 1860. United States Census, 1880 >Thomas A Edison, East New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States; citing enume...

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Justus Kleberg, Jr. (December 5, 1853 – October 10, 1932) was born to Rose and Robert J. Kleberg in Texas and attended the University of Virginia. He served as legal counsel to Richard King and his 600...

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Bernard Kilgore (1908 - 1967)

(Barney) Kilgore was the Wall Street Journal's dominant personality practically from the moment he was appointed managing editor in 1941, at the age of 32, until his death from stomach cancer at Novemb...

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F. Kenneth Iverson (1925 - 2002)

. Kenneth Iverson (September 18, 1925 – April 14, 2002) is credited with transforming Nucor Steel from a nearly bankrupt company in the 1960s into the largest and most successful steelmaker in the Unit...

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Roswell Garst (1898 - 1977)

profile photo: pictured (on right) with Nikita Khrushchev "Bob" Garst (June 13, 1898 - November 4, 1977) was an American farmer and seed company executive. He developed hybrid corn seed in 1930 that al...

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Paul Vincent Galvin (1895 - 1959)

"co-founder of Motorola"

Vincent Galvin (June 27, 1895 – November 5, 1959) was one of the two founders of telecommunications company Motorola. Founded as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation on September 25, 1928, Motorola is now ...

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Wesley H. Loomis III (1913 - 2001)

H. Loomis III, 87, a former publisher of telephone directories and a former president of the board of what is now Travelers and Immigrants Aid of Chicago, died Friday, April 20, 2001 in Sarasota, Fla.A...

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R. "Cork" Walgreen III, grandson of Walgreen Co.’s founder, began working for the company as a stock boy in 1952, earned a pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 1958 and held positions inc...

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Charles Rudolph Walgreen Sr. (October 9, 1873 – December 11, 1939) was an American businessman who founded WalgreenHe was born in Knoxville, Illinois before moving to Galesburg, Illinois at a young age...

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entrepreneur Augustus Eugene (Gene) Staley was born in 1867 on his father's 265-acre red clay farm in North Carolina . Busy with farm work, Gene dropped out of primary school after a few years. Aged 14...

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Richard Warren Sears MP (1863 - 1914)

"Sears Roebuck Co."

Warren Sears (December 7, 1863 – September 28, 1914) was a manager, businessman, and the founder of Sears, Roebuck and Company with his partner Alvah Curtis Roebuck.Early lifeRichard W. Sears was born ...

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Aaron Montgomery Ward (1843 - 1913)

The following came from Investor’s Business Daily, Monday, March 31, 2014:=Montgomery Ward Filled Catalogs, Stores, Coffers=So many people told Aaron Montgomery Ward he would go broke trying to sell me...

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Robert Winship Woodruff (1889 - 1985)

"president of The Coca-Cola Company"

Winship Woodruff (December 6, 1889 – March 7, 1985) was the president of The Coca-Cola Company from 1923 until 1954. With his enormous Coke fortune, he was also a major philanthropist, and many educati...

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Elkington Wood (June 13, 1879 – November 6, 1969) was a U.S. Army Brigadier General and businessman best known for his leadership of Sears, Roebuck and Company.Early lifeHe was born in Kansas City, Mis...

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George Westinghouse, Jr. MP (1846 - 1914)

Westinghouse, Jr (October 6, 1846 – March 12, 1914) was an American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry. Westinghouse was one of Th...

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Sam Walton MP (1918 - 1992)

"Sam"

of two American retailers, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.==Early Days==Sam Walton was born on March 29, 1918, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, the first of two children to Thomas Gibson Walton, a banker, farmer, far...

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Thomas J. Watson, Sr. MP (1874 - 1956)

Thomas John Watson , Sr. was president of International Business Machines (IBM), who oversaw that company's growth into an international force from 1914 to 1956. Watson developed IBM's distinctive mana...

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Thomas John Watson , Jr. was an American businessman, political figure, and philanthropist. He was the 2nd president of IBM (1952-1971), the 11th national president of the Boy Scouts of America (1964-1...

6/25/2011 10/18/2013

Cornelius Vanderbilt MP (1794 - 1877)

"The Commodore"

Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877), also known by the sobriquet Commodore,[1] was an American entrepreneur. He built his wealth in shipping and railroads and was the patriarch of the Vanderbil...

6/25/2007 10/18/2013

Gustavus Franklin Swift (1839 - 1903)

Franklin Swift (June 24, 1839 – March 29, 1903) founded a meat-packing empire in the Midwest during the late 19th century, over which he presided until his death. He is credited with the development of...

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Rowlett Smith (September 9, 1899 – April 4, 1990), known throughout his life as C. R. Smith, was the CEO of American Airlines from 1934 to 1968 and from 1973 to 1974. He was also United States Secretar...

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Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. MP (1875 - 1966)

Pritchard Sloan, Jr. (May 23, 1875 – February 17, 1966) was an American business executive in the automotive industry. He was a long-time president, chairman, and CEO of General Motors Corporation. Slo...

2/5/2012 10/18/2013

David Sarnoff MP (1891 - 1971)

American businessman and pioneer of American commercial radio and television. As a young man in April 1912, He received the first notification of the foundering of the R.M.S. Titanic from a Marconi rci...

3/30/2007 10/18/2013

Julius Rosenwald MP (1862 - 1932)

Click here to view the Wikipedia web page for Julius Rosenwald. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Julius Rosenwald. Born August 12, 1862 in Springfield, Illinois. Died January 6, 1932 (aged 69), H...

3/15/2009 10/18/2013

John D. Rockefeller, Sr. MP (1839 - 1937)

"Standard Oil Company"

Davison Rockefeller, Sr. (July 8, 1839 –May 23, 1937) was an American industrialist and philanthropist. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthrop...

2/7/2008 10/18/2013

J. C. Penney (1875 - 1971)

Cash Penney, Jr. (September 16, 1875 – February 12, 1971) was an American businessman and entrepreneur who, in 1902, founded the J.C. Penney stores.In 1898, Penney began working for a small chain of st...

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John Pierpont Morgan, Sr. MP (1837 - 1913)

""J.P.""

"... John Pierpont Morgan (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) was an American financier, banker and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. Founder of ...

6/24/2007 10/18/2013

Charles Edward Merrill, Sr. MP (1885 - 1956)

Edward Merrill (October 19, 1885 – October 6, 1956) was an American philanthropist, stockbroker and co-founder, with Edmund C. Lynch of Merrill Lynch & Company (previously called Charles E. Merrill & C...

2/17/2009 10/18/2013

Colonel Robert Rutherford McCormick MP (1880 - 1955)

"Bertie"

Robert Rutherford McCormick Find A Grave Memorial# 695* Robert Rutherford "Colonel" McCormick (1880–1955) was a member of the McCormick family of Chicago who became owner and publisher of the Chicago T...

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Cyrus Hall McCormick MP (1809 - 1884)

Often credited for inventing the Reaper, which was created by a black slave named Jo Anderson. Cyrus McCormick got the patent because slaves were considered property and not citizens, thus could not le...

2/12/2009 10/18/2013

Albert Davis Lasker (1880 - 1952)

Davis Lasker (May 1, 1880 - May 30, 1952) was an American businessman who is often considered to be the founder of modern advertising. He was born in Freiburg, Germany when his American parents Morris ...

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Dr. Edwin Herbert Land, Ph.D. MP (1909 - 1991)

"Din"

American scientist and inventor, best known as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. Among other things, he invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera inst...

8/4/2008 10/18/2013

Ray Kroc MP (1902 - 1984)

"Ray"

Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was an American businessman. He joined McDonald's in 1954 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world. Kroc was...

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Henry J. Kaiser MP (1882 - 1967)

John Kaiser (May 9, 1882 – August 24, 1967) was an American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding. He established the Kaiser Shipyard which built Liberty ships du...

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Robert Wood Johnson, II MP (1893 - 1968)

"Wood"

Robert Wood Johnson II was a United States businessman. He was the president of Johnson & Johnson between 1932 and 1938, and chairman of the board from 1938 until 1963. He was the son of the founder of...

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Robert Wood Johnson, I MP (1845 - 1910)

"Wood"

Robert Wood Johnson I was an American entrepreneur and industrialist. He was also one of the three brothers who founded Johnson & Johnson.* Reference: Wikipedia Robert Wood Johnson I (February 20, 1845...

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Sr. MP (1887 - 1979)

Conrad Nicholson Hilton was a business owner and founder of the Hilton Hotels chain. The son of a local businessman, Hilton took over his father's general store at the age of 21. He then branched out i...

11/3/2008 10/18/2013

Henry John Heinz MP (1844 - 1919)

"Henry J. Heinz"

Founder of H.J. Heinz Company and the 5th Great Grandfather of US President Donald Trump. John Heinz (October 11, 1844 – May 14, 1919) was an American businessman who founded the H. J. Heinz Company.Ea...

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Joyce C. Hall (1891 - 1982)

Clyde Hall (August 29, 1891 – October 29, 1982), an American businessman, was the founder of Hallmark Cards.BiographyBorn in 1891 in David City, Nebraska, the son of Nancy Dudley Houston and George Nel...

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Walter Abraham Haas, Sr. MP (1889 - 1979)

A. Haas graduated from [the University of California, Berkeley] College of Commerce in 1910. Over a long life, his loyalty to and support of the University were an inspiration to fellow alumni. His bus...

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A Patriot of the American Revolution for Pennsylvania. Ancestor #: A041702 "Benjamin Franklin, also called Ben Franklin, pseudonym Richard Saunders, (born January 17 [January 6, Old Style], 1706, Bosto...

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Samuel Firestone (December 20, 1868 – February 7, 1938) was an American businessman, and the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, one of the first global makers of automobile tires.Family ...

7/12/2009 10/18/2013

George Eastman MP (1854 - 1932)

"founded the Eastman Kodak Company"

Eastman (July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932) was an American inventor and philanthropist. He founded the Eastman Kodak Company and invented roll film, helping to bring photography to the mainstream. Roll f...

10/11/2008 10/18/2013

Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. MP (1892 - 1981)

Wills Douglas, Sr. (6 April 1892 – 1 February 1981) was a United States aircraft industrialist and founder of the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1921 (the company later merged into McDonnell Douglas Corpo...

2/12/2012 10/18/2013

Walt Disney MP (1901 - 1966)

"Micky Mouse's Father", "Walt"

Father Elias Disney born 1859 died 1941 Walter Elias Disney was a multiple Academy Award-winning American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur and philanthropist...

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Charles Henry Deere MP (1837 - 1907)

H. Deere, one of the chief businessmen of Moline, was born March 28, 1837,at Hancock, Addison Co., Vt. When a year old, his father, John Deere, brought him with his family to Grand de Tour, 111., the w...

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John Deere MP (1804 - 1886)

Deere (February 7, 1804 – May 17, 1886) was an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in ...

6/21/2011 10/18/2013

Arthur Vining Davis (1867 - 1962)

Vining "Art" Davis (May 30, 1867 – November 17, 1962) was an American industrialist and philanthropist.Early historyArthur Vining Davis was born in Sharon, Massachusetts, the son of Perley B. Davis, a ...

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Frederick C. Crawford (1891 - 1994)

Coolidge Crawford (March 19, 1891 - December 9, 1994) was an American industrialist and philanthropist. He was also the president of Thompson Products, Inc. (which later became part of TRW) and a major...

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Fairfax M. Cone (1903 - 1977)

Mastick Cone (21 February 1903 - June 20, 1977) or Fax Cone, was an American businessperson, advertising executive and the former director of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.Early year...

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Andrew Carnegie MP (1835 - 1919)

Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, and entrepreneur who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. His Carnegie Steel Company was merg...

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Burnett (October 21, 1891 – June 7, 1971) was an advertising executive and was among the most 'creative' men in the advertising business. The 19th century was dominated by the copy-heavy ads with lengt...

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Jacob Bunn (1814 - 1897)

Bunn (March 18, 1814 – October 16, 1897), an older brother of John Whitfield Bunn, was an important Illinois industrialist, financier, and close friend of Abraham Lincoln.

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Olive Ann Beech (1903 - 1993)

Ann Beech (September 25, 1904 – 6 July 1993) was a U.S. aviation pioneer and businesswoman.With her husband, Walter Herschel Beech, she founded the Beech Aircraft Company.During World War II, she ran t...

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Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr. MP (1900 - 1989)

Davison Bechtel (September 24, 1900 – March 14, 1989) was the son of Clara Alice West and Warren A. Bechtel, the founder of the Bechtel Corporation and the president of the company from 1933 through 19...

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Dr. Wallace C. Abbott (1857 - 1921)

Laboratories is an American global pharmaceuticals and health care products company. It has 90,000 employees and operates in over 130 countries. The company headquarters are in Abbott Park, North Chica...

2/10/2009 10/18/2013

Mary Kay Ash MP (1918 - 2001)

"Mary Kay Ash"

Wikipedia Mary Kay Ash (May 12, 1918 – November 22, 2001) was an American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.Early lifeMary Kay Ash, born Mary Kathlyn Wagner in Hot Wells, Harris Coun...

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