Ju­ly 11, 1838, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

De­cem­ber 12, 1922, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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).

His works in­clude:

  1. Forest