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John Wanamaker
Birth: Jul. 11, 1838
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 1922
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Businessman. Son of Nelson Wanamaker and of Elizabeth Deshong Kochersperger. He is the founder of Wanamaker's Department Stores of Philadelphia, New York and Paris. In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison appointed John Wanamaker as Postmaster General of the United States, an office he held until 1893. He is considered a pioneer merchant tycoon of the 19th and early 20th century pioneering novel concepts of advertising, modern-style department stores, customer satisfaction guarantees and employee benefit plans. (bio by: Längenberger Familien) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Nelson Wanamaker (1811 - 1862)
  Elizabeth Deshong Kochersperger Wanamaker (1818 - 1881)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Erringer Brown Wanamaker (1839 - 1920)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Brown Wanamaker (1861 - 1908)*
  Lewis Rodman Wanamaker (1863 - 1928)*
  Horace Wanamaker (1864 - 1864)*
  Harriet E Wanamaker (1865 - 1870)*
  Mary Brown Wanamaker Warburton (1871 - 1954)*
  Elizabeth Wanamaker McLeod (1876 - 1927)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Wanamaker (1838 - 1922)
  William Henry Wanamaker (1839 - 1905)*
  Mary Ellen Wanamaker Fales (1844 - 1918)*
  Elizabeth Wanamaker Fry (1846 - 1925)*
  Samuel Mathias Wanamaker (1848 - 1904)*
  Francis Marion Wanamaker (1850 - 1916)*
  Isabella Atlee Wanamaker (1858 - 1861)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint James the Less Episcopal Churchyard
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Interred in Wanamaker Family Private Chapel
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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John Wanamaker
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John Wanamaker
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