Gilbert Clifford Noble
Co-Founder of Barnes & Noble
Who was Gilbert Clifford Noble?
Gibert Clifford Noble was a co-founder of the bookselling firm Barnes & Noble. His partner in the venture was his friend’s son William Robbins Barnes. In 1886, Gilbert Noble was hired as a clerk at a bookstore in New York City called Arthur Hinds & Company. In 1894, he became a partner and the company’s name was changed to Hinds & Noble. In 1917, Gilbert Noble bought out his partner Arthur Hinds and entered into a new partnership with William Barnes. The name of the bookstore was changed to Barnes & Noble.
Gilbert Noble has a few former U.S. Presidents in his family tree including Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Benjamin Harrison, and both Presidents Bush. First Ladies with kinship to him include Nancy Reagan, Bess Truman, Ellen Wilson, and Edith Roosevelt. He also has kinship to the current royal family through a connection to the late Princess Diana.
Gilbert Noble has a number of historical kin including Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen, abolitionist John Brown, Mormon Church President Brigham Young, women rights advocate Susan B. Anthony, and aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Literary kin include author Harriet Beecher Stowe, poet William Cullen Bryant, author Agatha Christie, poet Emily Dickinson, author Edgar Rice Burroughs, and author Ernest Hemingway. Celebrity kin of Gilbert Noble include actress Elisabeth Shue, filmmaker Ken Burns, actor John Lithgow, director Howard Hawks, radio and TV commentator Lowell Thomas, actor John Wayne, singer and songwriter Harry Chapin, actress Shirley Temple, actor Anthony Perkins, TV chef Julia Childs, actor Matt Damon, model Kate Upton, actress Anna Gunn , and many others.
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