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Saunders, Clarence ( December 1881–14 October 1953), merchant and entrepreneur, was born in Amherst County, Virginia, the son of a tobacco farmer; his parents’ names are not known. Saunders grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, and his educational background was quite limited; he attended school for four years before going to work at age fourteen as a clerk at a grocery store. After working briefly in Alabama and Tennessee, Saunders returned to Clarksville and, by age eighteen, took a sales job for a wholesale grocery company. In Memphis, Tennessee, while still in his twenties, he organized a retail food chain called United Stores, which he sold after a few years....