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George Dayton

Businessman and Founder of Target George Dayton

Profession: Businessman and Founder of Target

United States of America

Biography: 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.

Born: March 6, 1857
Birthplace: Clifton Springs, New York, USA
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: February 18, 1938 (aged 80)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1902-06-24 Target Corporation is founded by American businessman George Dayton as Goodfellow Dry Goods in Minneapolis

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