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Page entitled : Rowland Hussey Macy

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How Rowland H. Macy, descendent of Nantucket Quakers started at sea on a whaler, then failed several times in retailing before starting his fancy dry goods store in New York.

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1857, a married man with two children aged ten and four, Rowland Hussey Macy finally came to New York, looking for a new start. With some money earned in Wisconsin land speculation and goods advanced from jobbers, he started a fancy dry goods store in the year following his arrival. With just eleven feet frontage on Sixth Avenue, at the level of 14th street, the shop was tiny but well located.  ...


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