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Frank W. Woolworth

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Frank W. Woolworth

Founder of F.W. Woolworth Company


Who was Frank W. Woolworth?

Frank Winfield Woolworth was the founder of the F. W. Woolworth Company. He helped to pioneer the concept of the “Five-and-Dime” stores. He is also said to be the first to use self-service display cases to feature his merchandise. Prior to this, a customer would have to ask for the assistance of a sales clerk if they wanted to examine or purchase an item. In 1913, he built the Woolworth Building in New York City which at that time was the tallest building in the world. By the time of his death in 1919, Woolworth's retail empire had grown to more than a 1,000 stores in multiple countries.

Famous Kin

Frank Woolworth has a number of U.S. Presidents in his family tree including Rutherford B. Hayes, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin Pierce, William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland, Gerald Ford, and both Presidents Bush. He also has royal connections through a kinship with the late Princess Diana.

Probably the most well known of Frank Woolworth's close famous kin is his granddaughter Barbara Hutton. She was a socialite who gained much publicity as the “Poor Little RIch Girl” due to her extravagant lifestyle during the Great Depression. Other celebrity kin include, but is not limited to, actor Matt Damon, model Kate Upton, actress Katharine Hepburn, guitarist Duane Eddy, and actor Humphrey Bogart.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Frank W. Woolworth

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Joe Keery

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 6 times removed
via William Preston

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Joe Keery

TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Samuel Buell

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William B. Washburn

28th Governor of Massachusetts

5th cousin 2 times removed
via Humphrey Johnson

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Emory Washburn

22nd Governor of Massachusetts

4th cousin 3 times removed
via Humphrey Johnson

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Peter T. Washburn

31st Governor of Vermont

5th cousin 2 times removed
via Humphrey Johnson

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Charlie Baker

72nd Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert Adams

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Brooke Adams

TV and Movie Actress

8th cousin 2 times removed
via William Cheney

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Thomas Kilbourn

(c1578 - c1640)
Increase passenger 1635

7th great-grandfather

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Richard Vore

(unk - 1683)
Great Migration Immigrant 1635

6th great-grandfather

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John Johnson

(c1588 - 1659)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

7th great-grandfather

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Jane G. Austin

Author

6th cousin
via Edward Griswold

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General Joseph Wheeler

Confederate Army - U.S. Civil War

6th cousin
via Edward Griswold

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General William Hull

American Revolution, War of 1812

4th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward Griswold

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Kristen Wiig

TV and Movie Actress

8th cousin 4 times removed
via John Johnson

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward Griswold

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Vanessa Hudgens

TV, Movie and Stage Actress

8th cousin 5 times removed
via John Johnson

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Francis H. Underwood

Founder of the Atlantic Monthly

8th cousin
via John Johnson

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Rob Schneider

Comedian, TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard Vore

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Elmer Underwood

Pioneers, Stereoscopic and News Photography

8th cousin
via John Johnson

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Elmer Underwood

Pioneers, Stereoscopic and News Photography

7th cousin
via Richard Vore

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Bert Underwood

Pioneers, Stereoscopic and News Photography

8th cousin
via John Johnson

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Bert Underwood

Pioneers, Stereoscopic and News Photography

7th cousin
via Richard Vore

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Julie Bowen

TV and Movie Actress

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Isaac Sheldon

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Julie Bowen

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 5 times removed
via Samuel Smith

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Margaret Mead

Cultural Anthropologist

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Robert Blott

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