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Macy, R. H.locked

(30 August 1822–29 March 1877)
  • Edward L. Lach, Jr.

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Macy, R. H. (30 August 1822–29 March 1877), retail merchant, was born Rowland Hussey Macy on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, the son of John Macy, a merchant ship captain and and Elisa Myrick Barnard Macy. The fourth of six children, he received a meager formal education in his hometown before shipping out on a whaling ship at age fifteen. After four years at sea, Macy went to Boston and tried his hand at a variety of occupations with little success. In August 1844 he married Louisa Houghton, with whom he had a son and a daughter....

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