Richard Warren Sears


Richard Warren Sears Famous memorial

Stewartville, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Death 28 Sep 1914 (aged 50)
Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 940 View Source

Businessman. He was the co-founder of Sears and Roebuck Company, an American retailer, which sold clothes, appliances and housewares. While working as a train station agent in Minnesota, he accepted delivery of a shipment of watches that had been refused by the intended recipient. He was able to sell the watches quickly at a very good price, and soon established the R. W. Sears Watch Company in Minneapolis. Taking his business to Chicago in 1887, he soon hired Alvah Roebuck as a watchmaker. By the next year, he had issued a mail-order catalog. After leaving the business for a short time, Sears returned in 1892, changed the company name to "Sears, Roebuck and Company," in 1893 incorporated the company, and began to sell merchandise other than watches, mainly via mail order. He wrote the catalog himself, and it quickly expanded in size. He offered excellent prices and a "send no money" policy. By 1894 the catalog had grown to five hundred pages. At Roebuck's request, Sears purchased Roebuck's half of the company in 1895. He resigned from his company in 1908, leaving it in the hands of Julius Rosewald, who had replaced Roebuck in 1895. He retired in 1913 to Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he died the next year.

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Warren Sears (7 Dec 1863–28 Sep 1914), Find a Grave Memorial ID 940, citing Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .