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John Gideon Searle (1901 - 1978)

"Jack Searle"

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

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Irl Carlton Martin (1895 - 1976)

Irl 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)

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

9/9/2012 10/20/2013

D. J. DePree (1891 - 1990)

Dirk 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...

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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; ci...

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) Robert 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 Rich...

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Bernard Kilgore (1908 - 1967)

Bernard (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...

10/19/2013 10/19/2013

F. Kenneth Iverson (1925 - 2002)

F. 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 i...

10/19/2013 10/19/2013

Roswell Garst (1898 - 1977)

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

10/19/2013 10/19/2013

Paul Vincent Galvin (1895 - 1959)

"co-founder of Motorola"

) Paul 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, ...

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Wesley H. Loomis III (1913 - 2001)

Wesley 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 Saraso...

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Charles 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 h...

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Charles Rudolph Walgreen (1873 - 1939)

Charles Rudolph Walgreen (October 9, 1873 – December 11, 1939) was an American businessman who founded Walgreens. His Background He was born in Knoxville, Illinois before moving to Galesbu...

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Augustus Eugene Staley (1867 - 1940)

American 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 y...

10/19/2013 10/19/2013

Richard Warren Sears MP (1863 - 1914)

"Sears Roebuck Co."

Richard 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 life Ric...

10/19/2013 10/19/2013

Aaron Montgomery Ward MP (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...

10/19/2013 10/19/2013

Robert W. Woodruff (1889 - 1985)

"president of The Coca-Cola Company"

Robert 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, ...

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Robert 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 life He wa...

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George Westinghouse, Jr. MP (1846 - 1914)

George 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. Westinghou...

6/30/2011 10/18/2013

Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton MP (1918 - 1992)

"Sam"

Founder 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,...

5/15/2008 10/18/2013

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

Thomas John Watson, Sr. (February 17, 1874 – June 19, 1956) was president of International Business Machines (IBM), who oversaw that company's growth into an international force from 1914 to 1...

6/25/2011 10/18/2013

. Thomas John Watson, Jr. (January 14, 1914 – December 31, 1993) was an American businessman, political figure, and philanthropist. He was the 2nd president of IBM (1952-1971), the 11th nation...

6/25/2011 10/18/2013

Cornelius Vanderbilt MP (1794 - 1877)

Cornelius 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 patriar...

6/25/2007 10/18/2013

Gustavus Franklin Swift (1839 - 1903)

Gustavus 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 ...

2/28/2008 10/18/2013

Cyrus 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 ...

3/8/2012 10/18/2013

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

Alfred 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 ...

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),...

3/15/2009 10/18/2013

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

"Standard Oil Company"

John 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 mode...

2/7/2008 10/18/2013

J. C. Penney (1875 - 1971)

James 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...

12/17/2012 10/18/2013

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. Foun...

6/24/2007 10/18/2013

Charles E. Merrill (1885 - 1956)

Charles 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 Charl...

2/17/2009 10/18/2013

Francis Cabot Lowell (1775 - 1817)

Francis Cabot Lowell (April 7, 1775 - August 10, 1817) (Lowell 1899, pg 59) [1] was the American business man for whom the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, United States is named. He was born in Newbur...

1/14/2009 10/18/2013

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 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)

Albert 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 parent...

3/17/2012 10/18/2013

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

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)

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....

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Henry J. Kaiser MP (1882 - 1967)

Henry 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 L...

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Gen. Robert Wood Johnson (1893 - 1968)

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 ...

12/21/2009 10/18/2013

Robert Wood Johnson, I MP (1845 - 1910)

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

12/27/2008 10/18/2013

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...

11/3/2008 10/18/2013

Henry J. Heinz MP (1844 - 1919)

Henry John Heinz (October 11, 1844 – May 14, 1919) was an American businessman who founded the H. J. Heinz Company. Early life Heinz was one of eight children born to John Henry Heinz and ...

10/24/2011 10/18/2013

Joyce C. Hall (1891 - 1982)

Joyce Clyde Hall (August 29, 1891 – October 29, 1982), an American businessman, was the founder of Hallmark Cards. Biography Born in 1891 in David City, Nebraska, the son of Nancy Dudley H...

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Walter Abraham Haas (1889 - 1979)

Walter 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...

2/23/2009 10/18/2013

A Patriot of the American Revolution for Pennsylvania. DAR Ancestor #: A041702 Of all the accomplishment of Ben Franklin you must take into account, his opening remark in his autobiography: "I Benj...

8/18/2007 10/18/2013

Harvey 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 automobi...

7/12/2009 10/18/2013

George Eastman MP (1854 - 1932)

"founded the Eastman Kodak Company"

Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... George Eastman (July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932) was an American inventor and philanthropist. He founded the Eastman Kodak Company and invented roll film, h...

10/11/2008 10/18/2013

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

Donald 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 McDonne...

2/12/2012 10/18/2013

Walt Disney MP (1901 - 1966)

"Micky Mouses Father", "Walt", "Walt Disney"

Walter Elias Disney was a multiple Academy Award-winning American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As the co-founder (with his brother Roy ...

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Charles Deere (1837 - 1907)

Charles 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,...

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John Deere MP (1804 - 1886)

) John 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 m...

6/21/2011 10/18/2013

Arthur Vining Davis (1867 - 1962)

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

7/13/2013 10/18/2013

Frederick C. Crawford (1891 - 1994)

Frederick 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)...

10/13/2013 10/18/2013

Fairfax M. Cone (1903 - 1977)

Fairfax 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....

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Andrew Carnegie MP (1835 - 1919)

Andrew Carnegie ( /kɑrˈneɪɡi/ kar-nay-gee, but commonly /ˈkɑrnɨɡi/ kar-nə-gee or /kɑrˈnɛɡi/ kar-neg-ee) (Nov...

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Leo Burnett (1891 - 1971)

Leo 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 a...

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Jacob Bunn (1814 - 1897)

Jacob 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 (1904 - 1993)

Olive 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 Wo...

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

. Stephen 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 f...

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Dr. Wallace C. Abbott (1857 - 1921)

Abbott 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, No...

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 life Mary Kay Ash, born Mary Kathlyn Wagner in Hot Wel...

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