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Marshall FieldMarshall Field

(1834-1906)

Founder of the department store chain that still bears his name, Marshall Field was born on a Massachusetts farm in 1834, climbed the ladder in retailing from stock boy to salesman to manager, and in 1868 partnered with Levi Zeigler Leiter to open their own department store on State Street in Chicago. Field bought out his partner in 1881, giving his own name to the firm and building Marshall Field's into one of the world's great emporiums with an emphasis on customer service, liberal credit and accepting returned merchandise without question.

Field's small part in the history of the American West was as an investor in the "Beef Bonanza" on the northern Plains that went bust in the late 1880s. Despite this loss, when he died in 1906, Field left an estate valued at $125 million.


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