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Marshall Field


FIELD, MARSHALL (1835-1906), American merchant, was born at Conway (Mass.), on Aug. 18, 1835. At the age of 17 he became a clerk in a dry goods store at Pittsfield (Mass.) . In 1856 he removed to Chicago, where he became a clerk in the large mercantile establishment of Cooley, Wadsworth and Corn pany. In 1860 he was admitted to a junior partnership. In 1865, with Potter Palmer (1826-1902) and Levi Z. Leiter he organized the firm of Field, Palmer and Leiter, which subse quently became Marshall Field and Company. Under Field's man agement the annual business of the firm increased to more than $40,000,000 in 1895. He died in New York city on Jan. 16, 1906. Field's public benefactions were numerous; notable among them being his gifts to the University of Chicago and to the Field Columbian Museum of Natural History.