- Timothy E. Sullivan
Field, Marshall (18 August 1834–16 January 1906), merchant, was born near Conway, Massachusetts, the son of John Field and Fidelia Nash, farmers. He left home at seventeen to work as a clerk in a dry goods store in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he determined that there would be significantly more opportunities for him in the rapidly expanding American Midwest. He arrived in Chicago, Illinois, in 1856 and, with the help of his older brother, Joseph, found employment as a clerk in the wholesale firm of Cooley, Wadsworth and Company, then the city’s largest wholesale dry goods firm. Field was ambitious and devoted to a business to which he seemed to have been instinctively suited. He soon distinguished himself as a talented salesman and quickly rose through the ranks of the firm, which was reorganized in 1857 as Cooley, Farwell and Company. In 1860 he was named a junior partner in the firm and placed in charge of sales and credit. In 1862 he became a full partner, and by 1863 the firm was renamed Farwell, Field & Company. With his rise in the world of commerce well established, Field married Nannie Scott in 1863. They had two children, Marshall II and Ethel....