George Huntington Hartford

George Huntington Hartford

Born Sep 5, 1833

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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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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