Profession: Businessman and Founder of Target
Why Famous: Dayton was the founder of what would become Target Corporation, one of the most successful retail companies in America.
Originally hoping to be a minister, Dayton became a businessman and founded the Goodfellow Dry Goods store in Minneapolis.
The company would go through several iterations, including being known as Dayton Corporation. By the 1920s it was a multimillion dollar business.
Target, the company's discount division, began in 1962. The businesses passed to his sons' control after his death in 1938.
- 1902-06-24 Target Corporation is founded by American businessman George Dayton as Goodfellow Dry Goods in Minneapolis