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Richard W. Sears

Sears, Roebuck & Company

1893 - 1908

Retail

pre-1900 b. 1863
male
Personal
Born-Died1863 - 1914
BirthplaceMinnesota (MN)
RaceWhite
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - pre-1900

After having much success selling a small order of watches he had come across while working as a telegrapher, Sears entered the merchandising business full time and devoted his business to rural, relatively poor farmers. Though Sears was known for his lack of organization and his tendency to embellish with advertisements in the infamous Sears, Roebuck catalogs, his company was a huge success, its sales growing from $300,000 in 1893 to over $10 million in 1900.