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 Robert Dollar

Robert Dollar

Birth
Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland
Death 16 May 1932 (aged 88)
San Rafael, Marin County, California, USA
Burial San Rafael, Marin County, California, USA
Memorial ID 29670740 · View Source
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Businessman. Called the "Grand Old Man of the Pacific", he was a native of Falkirk, Scotland. At the age of 11 he was earning his own living as a shore boy in a lumber camp in Canada, and in 1893 he purchased a sawmill on the Pacific Coast and his lumber business was flourishing. In 1895 he acquired his first vessel, a single steam schooner called Newsboy, to move his lumber from the Pacific Northwest to markets down the coast. This foray into shipping resulted in the founding of Dollar Line in 1900, when Dollar was nearly 60 years old. When he made a test run to the Orient with another of his ships, he was the first to bring the lumber business to a new continent. As the result of his success, he encouraged leaders from different industries in the United States to explore Asia as a potential new market for their businesses.

Bio by: Garver Graver


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  • Originally Created by: Garver Graver
  • Added: 8 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29670740
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Dollar (20 Mar 1844–16 May 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29670740, citing Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, Marin County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .