Born: July 11, 1838, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Died: December 12, 1922, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: Saint James the Less Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
John was the son of Nelson Wanamaker and Elizabeth Deshong Kochersperger, and husband of Mary Erringer Brown.
He founded the Wanamaker’s Department Stores in Philadelphia, New York and Paris. He introduced many innovations, such as advertising, price tags, a full scale pipe organ and a restaurant. A statue of him was erected outside City Hall in Philadelphia.
Wanamaker was also United States Postmaster General in the administration of President Benjamin Harrison (1889–93).