George Huntington Hartford

George Huntington Hartford

Born Sep 5, 1833
Hometown Augusta, Maine
Died Aug 29, 1917
Death Place Borough of Spring...

George Huntington Hartford headed The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company from 1878 to 1917. During this period, A&P created the concept of the chain grocery store and expanded into the country's largest retailer. He joined the firm as a clerk in 1861 and quickly assumed managerial responsibilities.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George Huntington Hartford.


1833 Birth Born in 1833.


1859 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The company founding myth is that George Hartford and George Gilman started A&P in New York City in 1859.
1860 27 Years Old By 1860, the Hartford brothers returned to Augusta, Maine where John was listed in the census as a merchant and George as a box maker.
…  He joined the firm as a clerk in 1861 and quickly assumed managerial responsibilities. … Read More


1866 33 Years Old After his promotion to cashier in 1866, Hartford moved his family to Orange, New Jersey where they had three additional children; Edward Vassallo Hartford (1870 - 1922), John Augustine Hartford (1872 - 1951) and Marie Louise Hartford (1875 - 1927). When the incumbent Mayor decided not to seek reelection in 1878, the local Democratic organization experienced difficulties finding a candidate and ultimately asked George Hartford. … Read More


1878 45 Years Old 1 More Event
While he was known to be a private person, Hartford was elected Mayor of Orange, New Jersey in 1878 and served for 12 years. … Read More


1888 55 Years Old The burning issue during the period was temperance and in 1888, the Mayor shut down saloons operating illegally on Sunday. … Read More


1907 74 Years Old In 1907 or 1908, George Hartford Sr. divided management responsibilities among his sons with George Jr. controlling finance and John directing sales and operations. … Read More
1912 79 Years Old The younger Hartford moved aggressively to expand the company and by 1912, A&P operated 400 stores. … Read More
1917 84 Years Old 1 More Event
Hartford died in 1917, aged 84, and was interred at Rosedale Cemetery, in Orange, New Jersey. … Read More
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