James "Bud" Walton
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (April 2013)|
|Born||James Lawrence Walton
December 20, 1921
Columbia, Missouri, USA
|Died||March 21, 1995
Miami, Florida, USA
|Other names||Bud Walton|
|Known for||Co-founder of Wal-Mart|
James Lawrence Walton was born on December 20, 1921 in Columbia, Missouri. As a child, he worked on his family's farm. He attended David H. Hickman High School–located in the town of his birth–and then the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. He served as a Navy pilot in World War II.
Bud and his brother, Sam, began their career in the retail industry working in the Ben Franklin Stores franchise system. His first store was opened in Versailles, Missouri. Bud and Sam co-founded Walmart in Arkansas in 1962.