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Rowland Macy
[Rowland Hussey Macy, Sr.]
August 30, 1822 - March 29, 1877
Founder of the department store chain R.H. Macy and Company, Rowland Hussey Macy, Sr. was the fourth of six children born to a Quaker family on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
Between 1843 and 1855, Macy opened four retail dry goods stores, including the original Macy's store in Haverhill, Massachusetts, established in 1851.
Building on these early failures, Macy moved to New York City in 1858 and established a new store named R.H. Macy Dry Goods, one of the first to use such promotional devises as a store Santa Claus, themed exhibits, and illuminated window displays.
Member: 9 November 1852
Suspended: 7 June 1876
Merrimack Lodge, Haverhill, Mass.

Source: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts records, accessed 2012/09/24.

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