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Harry Gordon Selfridge, Jr
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1900
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1976
Red Bank
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

Harry Gordon Selfridge, Jr. was born on April 2, 1900, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second son and fourth child of Rosalie Amelia Buckingham and Harry Gordon Selfridge.

The family moved to London, England, where his father in 1909 established Selfridges, a department store that would revolutionize shopping habits. Gordon followed his father into the retail business.

Gordon married Charlotte Elsie Dennis, a store employee in the toy department, circa 1924. In contrast to his sisters' well publicized marriages, this marriage was kept secret until 1940 when a second ceremony was performed on June 10, 1940, by a Justice of the Peace in Libertyville, Illinois.

Charlotte and Gordon were the parents of a daughter, Jennifer Ann, and three sons, Oliver Gordon, Ralph Gordon and Martin Gordon Selfridge. From 1935 to 1939, the family lived at Friars Lawn in Norwood Green, Middlesex.

In response to the impending war in Europe and the loss of the family's control of Selfridges, they left England in 1939 and returned to the United States via Canada. Gordon continued to work in retail sales as an executive with Sears, Roebuck & Company.

He died on November 30, 1976, in Red Bank, New Jersey, at age 76.

Please see Charlotte's bio for additional detail.


Further reading:

A Fleeting Peace - Golden Age Aviation in the British Empire
Aviators - Harry Gordon Selfridge, Jr.

Friars Lawn, a magnificent Georgian residence, with an account of the Selfridge years by Jennifer Selfridge MacLeod
Family links: 
  Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858 - 1947)
  Rosalie Amelia Buckingham Selfridge (1860 - 1918)
  Charlotte Elsie Dennis Selfridge (1897 - 1978)*
  Oliver Gordon Selfridge (1926 - 2008)*
  Ralph Gordon Selfridge (1927 - 2008)*
  Martin Gordon Selfridge (1932 - 1985)*
  Chandler Selfridge (1891 - 1891)*
  Rosalie Dorothea Selfridge de Bolotoff (1893 - 1977)*
  Violette Buckingham Selfridge de Sibour (1897 - 1996)*
  Harry Gordon Selfridge (1900 - 1976)
  Beatrice Buckingham Selfridge Lewis (1901 - 1990)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Other.
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Record added: May 06, 2013
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