Rowland H. Macy
Founder of Macy's
Who was Rowland H. Macy?
Rowland H. Macy was the founder of the department store chain R. H. Macy and Company which is now known simply as Macy’s. The store’s logo of a red star is said to have come from a tattoo on his hand that he had gotten during his teenage years of working on a whaling ship. The company has sponsored the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City since 1924.
Actor Harry Antrim portrayed R. H. Macy in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street even though the real R. H. Macy had been dead for 70 years. He died from Bright’s disease while in Paris in 1877.
Rowland H. Macy has a few U.S. Presidential kin including James Garfield, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. Business titans in his family tree include Barnes & Noble co-founder William R. Barnes, Pillsbury Company co-founder John S. Pillsbury, J. B. Lippincott founder J. B. Lippincott, and Folger Coffee Company founder J. A. Folger.
Some historical figures in Rowland H. Macy’s family tree include U.S. Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Constitution signer Nathaniel Gorham, British Royal Navy Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral William Folger, Currier & Ives lithographer Nathaniel Currier, Devil in the White City serial killer H. H. Holmes, and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton. He also has kinship with a number of authors and poets including John Greenleaf Whittier, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Clarence Day, Agatha Christie, Herman Melville, Tennessee Williams, Stephen King, and Nathaniel Philbrick. Celebrity kin of Rowland H. Macy include John Lithgow, Amy Poehler, Paget Brewster, Elisabeth Shue, Humphrey Bogart, Kevin Bacon, Linda Hamilton, James Spader, Jordana Brewster, Raquel Welch, Kyra Sedgwick, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
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