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James Cash Penney

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney

Profession: Department Store Founder

United States of America

Biography: Founded the J. C. Penney stores

Born: September 16, 1875
Birthplace: Hamilton, Missouri, USA
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: February 12, 1971 (aged 95)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1899-08-24 Businessman James Cash Penney (24) weds Bertha Alva Hess

Historical Events

  • 1902-04-14 J. C. Penney opens his first store, The Golden Rule Store, in Kemmerer, Wyoming
  • 1929-10-11 JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.
  • 2020-05-16 118-year old American department store JC Penney files for bankruptcy

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