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Ward Melville

Melville Corporation

1922 - 1963

Retail

Military ServiceArmy
1920 b. 1887
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateColumbia University
Personal
Born-Died1887 - 1977
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
RaceWhite
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1920

After mass-producing shoes for soldiers in World War I, Melville and an associate opened Thom McAn’s in New York as a low cost, high quality shoe retailer. The chain eventually encompassed over 1,200 stores. With Thom McAn’s as its anchor retail establishment, Melville went on to build a retail conglomerate focused on shoes and apparel.