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.
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.
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