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Sears, Richard Warren (07 December 1864–28 September 1914), businessman, was born in Stewartville, Minnesota, the son of James Warren Sears, a blacksmith, and Eliza Benton. Sears spent his childhood in several small Minnesota towns. He attended high school but never graduated. When he was fourteen his father bought a farm, but James Sears suffered from mental and physical illness and had to leave the operation of the farm to his son. Two years later his father died, and Richard became the family breadwinner....