FRANK W. WOOLWORTH

(1852–1919)

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founder of F.W. Woolworth Co. (1878)

“I came away with the im­pres­sion that a man of Mr. Woolworth’s rugged com­mon­sense, un­break­able courage and ti­tanic en­ergy could not have failed to make his mark in the world. He is a big man both men­tally and phys­i­cally, a man of bound­less vi­sion. For ex­am­ple: ‘What is your am­bi­tion?’ I asked him. ‘To open a store in every town in the civ­i­lized world,’ was his Napoleonic re­ply.” —“Get­ting Big Men to Talk” (Oc­to­ber 13, 1917)

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